When we began putting together this special issue, we had an editorial meeting during which we debated the idea that the 1990s has been the decade of women in photography‑the decade in which the great creative leaps and culture‑shaping commercial imagery have come from women. As you will see later on, we thought the answer was yes, and we also had some ideas as to which women are now defining photography. We decided to make the entire issue a celebration of women in photography, and to that end we've been getting opinions from lots of people, critics and others. Now we'd like to hear from another group of photography mavens whose opinions we value: our readers.
We're conducting a poll to find out which ten women photographers you think have been most influential. They might be contemporary names, or names from the past. At right is work from four candidates, but you can choose whomever you want. The results, which we'll publish in a future issue, should be enlightening. Our issue is now in your hands, and so is the big question.
Mary Ellen Mark’s “Street Child, Turkey, 1965”.
Send your top ten list to: Women, American Photo, 1633 Broadway, New York, NY 10019.