Since unveiling the first 100 “heroines” on 14 December 2018,

celebrating the diversity of women working globally in photography today, the list now stands at 200 practitioners from Australia to India, South Africa to Chile, who are “defining and dismantling” the limits of the discipline.

Copyright © Paz Errázuriz, 2021

The 25 new traditions are all pioneers of transnational feminism “who are renowned for expertly challenging discrimination within the art world” according to the charity. 

Copyright © Anne Zahalka

Interestingly, although 70-80% of recent photography graduates are female, women still make up only 15% of professional photographers. For this reason, femme experiences continue to be under-represented in visual arts programming as elder photographic names still hold most influence. Hundred Heroines’ list exists to rectify this oversight by amplifying the influence of under-represented artists, establishing them as the household names they ought to be. It is also encouraging and inspiring for today’s femme graduates to have reference points for their experience. 

Copyright © Margaret Mitchell, 2021

Its goal also extends to building a rich online educational platform where the work of trailblazing artists can be discovered. Through which, Hundred Heroines hopes to democratise access to the visual arts and encourage would-be photographers not currently represented in the industry.

With a total of 200 contemporary photographers now listed by the charity, founder Del Barrett ensures that Hundred Heroines’ journey is “only beginning”. Practitioners from the newly selected 25 include: Anne Zahalka, Hinda Schuman, Judith Joy Ross, Letizia Battaglia, Marilyn Minter, Meryl Meisler, Ming Smith, Nydia Blas, Pipilotti Rist, Awoiska van der Molen, Felicia Abban, Hoda Afshar, Jo Ractliffe, Lebohang Kganye, Margaret Mitchell, Marilyn Stafford, Milagros de La Torre, Nil Yalter, Paz Errázuriz, Sama Alshaibi and Tahmineh Monzavi.

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