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Dickey Chapelle was a woman of action. With a Leica hanging from her neck, cigarette in hand, dressed in her signature custom tailored fatigues, harlequin glasses and pearl earrings; driven by the need to prove herself in the "boys club" world of photojournalism and an increasingly obsessive need for the truth, as she saw it; a combat photographer who strove to be the first on a story, for Dickey it wasn't enough to be near the action of which she was reporting, she had to be in the center of it. more...

Pulitzer Prize winning author Eudora Welty started her career as a photographer who made images of Depression-era America for President Franklin Roosevelt's Works Progress Administration, the agency formed to provide work for poor folks in this time. Her heart-wrenching depictions of small-town Mississippi brought her international acclaim, as Welty sensitively captured the pride she saw among even the poorest people. more...

Helen Levitt made her mark on photography during a volatile time in America. The social crisis of the 1930's inspired photographers to work for government funded projects to expose and correct the social problems. Walker Evans documented the rural south and Lewis Hine labor conditions while Dorothea Lange revealed urban plights. Helen Levitt chose a different path. more...

As an art major at the University of California at Los Angeles in 1919, Barbara Morgan longed to be a painter. In 1925, she married freelance writer/philosopher Willard Morgan, who introduced her to photography, even talking her into wearing a Leica around her neck so she could shoot the unexpected.(Mitchell) Morgan was initially skeptical of photography, If you just click the shutter, you are stealing reality! I cant be a thief. I must create. (Aperture) more...

"My favorite thing is to go where I've never been. For me there's just something about going into somebody else's house. When it comes time to go, if I have to take a bus to somewhere or if I have to take a cab uptown, it's like I've got a blind date. It's always seemed something like that to me. And sometimes I have the sinking feeling of, Oh God it's time and I really don't want to go. And then, once I'm on my way, something terrific takes over..." more...


On June 11, 1815, Julia Margaret Cameron was one of the first prominent women photographers. Born into a wealthy and influential family, she was one of the seven celebrated Pattle sisters who were known for their unconventional rules for life which interested and stimulated other people. "They were unconscious artists, divining beauty and living with it," said Anne Thackeray Ritchie of her first impression of them. more...