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sigriður zoëga, women on the banks of the lake, 1915 © the national museum of iceland, reykjavik

Best Women Photographers: An alternative history of photography

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Setting out to produce an alternative history of photography was always going to be a challenge, but the team behind A World History of Women Photographers have managed it extremely well. Tracy Calder reports on the book celebrating some of the best women photographers in history below.

In 1939, Anita Conti (the first female French oceanographer) set sail on the cod-fishing boat Viking for a three-month voyage that would see her tossed around the North Atlantic. While trying to take notes and photographs of life in and on the ocean. Dressed in a sailor’s smock and white gloves, she clambered among the masts and ropes, recording the hardships of life at sea. From the loneliness to the physical challenges presented by storms and fierce winds.

Pic: Sigriður Zoëga, Women on the Banks of the Lake, 1915 © The National Museum of Iceland, Reykjavik

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