Hundred Heroines champions 25 women photographers with latest list, including Guerrilla Girls, Indu Antony and Sama Alshaibi

The charity’s list of women photographers now stands at 200 contemporary practitioners “whose work cannot be ignored”.

Date
14 December 2021

Hundred Heroines, the only UK charity dedicated to advancing awareness of women in photography, today announces the names of 25 new photographers to join its ever-growing list of inspiring women in the discipline. 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.

According to the charity, among the practitioners found in the latest edition of its list are: “Indu Antony (India), whose highly varied work magnifies overlooked narratives, Emily Jacir (Palestine), who is primarily concerned with transformation, resistance and silenced historical narratives, Sue Williamson (South Africa), whose work challenged the apartheid government, to the anonymous Guerrilla Girls, a groundbreaking feminist art collective... who are renowned for expertly challenging discrimination within the art world.”

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Paz Errázuriz: Evelyn (Copyright © Paz Errázuriz, 2021)

Despite the sheer number of women currently working in photography, women continue to be under-represented in visual arts programming. 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. 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”.

Other 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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Sama Alshaibi: Water Bearer II (Copyright © Sama Alshaibi, 2019)

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Margaret Mitchell: Summer visiting her mum, An Ordinary Eden (Copyright © Margaret Mitchell, 2021)

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Emily Jacir: afternoon in Sido’s house with Anton (Copyright © Emily Jacir, 2003, Courtesy of Alberto Peola)

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Guerrilla Girls: If You Keep Women Out They Get Resentful (Copyright © Guerrilla Girls, 2018, Courtesy of guerrillagirls.com)

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Anne Zahalka: The Mallee near Benetook in Sunraysia Region of Victoria (Copyright © Anne Zahalka)

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Sue Williamson: Caroline Motsoaledi, All Our Mothers (Copyright © Sue Williamson, 2013)

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Liz Gorny

Liz (she/they) joined It’s Nice That as news writer in December 2021. After graduating in Film from The University of Bristol, she worked freelance, writing for independent publications such as Little White Lies, INDIE magazine and design studio Evermade.

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