12 Kick-Ass Women Photojournalists To Follow On Instagram

These women are changing the way we understand the world by bringing their powerful images to our fingertips.

Social media has revolutionized how today’s photojournalists communicate and share images.

Here are 12 photographers on Instagram who have changed the way we see and understand the world by bringing their powerful images to our fingertips.

*Warning: Some viewers may find the following images disturbing, NSFW, and incredibly powerful.*

1. Lynsey Addario

Lynsey Addario is an American photojournalist who has covered nearly every major conflict in the 21st century. Her book, It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War, shares a fascinating look into the motivations of a conflict photographer and the six harrowing days that she was held captive in Libya.

It was announced by Warner Bros. that Steven Spielberg has signed on to direct a feature film based upon the book, starring Jennifer Lawrence as Addario.

“Gul Meena, 16, who was slashed 15 times with an ax by her brother, poses for a portrait in a #WAW shelter in Kabul.”

“Young #syrian @refugee brides at #Zaatari camp in #Jordan.”

2. Paula Bronstein

Paula Bronstein is an award-winning photographer whose images have shown a wide range of conflicts and news in the greater Asia region. In 2011, she was a nominated finalist for the Breaking News Pulitzer Prize.

“Afghanistan from a Military helicopter. Beautiful from the air but dangerous on the ground.”

“Man in Red: Keeping warm in a cold winter night in New York City.”

3. Anastasia Taylor-Lind

Anastasia Taylor-Lind is an English photojournalist known for her powerful depictions of women struggling in harsh circumstances. Her images have received a number of awards, including the Observer Hodge Award and the Guardian Weekend Photography Prize.

“Sabitri, a widow, holds a picture of her late husband who was killed in a tiger attack. Sunderbans, Bengal, India”

“20th February marks the one year anniversary since Maidan’s Bloody Thursday. Remembering the fighters and the mourners of Maidan, and the Heavenly Hundred today. Here, bodies of men killed by sniper fire are covered with the Ukrainian flag and laid out on the street.”

4. Erin Trieb

Erin Trieb’s coverage of the Texas gubernatorial elections in 2006 and a U.S. military medical unit in Afghanistan in 2010 won her international acclaim. She is currently working on a documentary film about U.S. infantry units in Afghanistan.

“An Arab woman walks to work in the fields before dawn in Rimelan, Syria, photographed on Aug. 9, 2014.”

“A man holds a framed photo of Jalal Talabani, a leading #Kurdish PUK politician who served as the sixth President of Iraq from 2005 to 2014 (and a man who most Kurds adore and have photos of in their houses) near Bardarash, #Kurdistan, photographed on Aug. 6, 2014.”

5. Andrea Bruce

Andrea Bruce is a documentary photographer whose images bring attention to those coping in the aftermath of war. She has been named Photographer of the Year four times by the White House News Photographers Association. In 2012, she received the Chris Hondros Fund Award for the “commitment, willingness and sacrifice shown in her work.”

“Khost, Afghanistan l August 30, 2013 l Born premature at 27 weeks, Bahmala’s yet unnamed baby girl lost her twin brother immediately after birth. Bahmala has lived in the MSF neonatal ward for 37 days now, caring for her daughter.”

“Kabul, Afghanistan l September 8, 2013 l Goodbye, Afghanistan…for now.”

6. Stephanie Sinclair

Stephanie Sinclair’s work brings attention to international gender and human rights issues. Her powerful 2012 documentary Too Young to Wed tells the story of an Ethiopian girl married at age 11.

“Kumari is the tradition of worshiping young pre-pubescent #girls as manifestations of the divine female energy or devi in Hindu religious traditions. Thousands of the country’s Hindus and Nepali Buddhists will come out this week for Kumāri Jātrā, where the Royal Kumari will be taken around the city in a chariot procession.”

“A priest performs rituals at a temple hosting the likeness of Swet Bhairav, the second carnation of the Hindu god Shiva inside the #Kathmandu Durbar square.”

7. Malin Fezehai

Malin Fezehai is a Swedish and Eritrean photographer whose images lend powerful views of displaced populations. This year she received a World Press Photo Award for Daily Life for her depiction of an Eritrean wedding.

“Merry Christmas my fellow Ethiopians and Eritreans! Orthodox tradition go by the Julian calendar and celebrate Christmas on January 7th. I took this images during the ceremonies in Lalibela, Ethiopia two years ago. Every year about 70,000 people do the pilgrimage to Lalibela.”

“Jabari is telling me what it’s like to work on a ship out to sea, and how some birds will fly alongside the ship for hours. Jabari Jones is 31 years old and left the Marine Corps in May of 2005. He served two tours in Iraq as a Corporal and was a landing support specialist. “When I got out of the Marines I was suffering from PTSD, and my family told me to get help. The problem with the VA is that they make you wait. I didn’t want to take medication and it took time before I got counseling. When I finally got counseling I started getting better.” Today Jabari tries to meditate regularly and is more aware of what triggers his PTSD. Hot days remind him of Iraq and on those days he tells his co-workers that he is feeling “uncomfortable” and he says that they respect that.”

8. Glenna Gordon

This past February, Glenna Gordon won a World Press Award for her reportage on the abducted Nigerian school girls. Her powerful images have also shed light on Boko Haram, ISIS, and the recent Ebola outbreak.

“MSF health worker gets sprayed down with chlorine as he takes off his protective suit. Health workers wear several layers of gear and taking it off is a complicated procedure with multiple washes and sprays. They are all soaked in sweat by the time they finish their shifts inside with ebola patients.”

“From the archive: Officers of the Hisbah, the Islamic police in Northern Nigeria, pose for a photo with cases of beer they had confiscated and planned to destroy as a harsher version of Sharia law is imposed in Kano, Nigeria. February 2014.”

9. Matilde Gattoni

Matilde Gattoni is an award-winning Italian photographer whose work brings attention to human rights and water issues around the globe. Her 2002 book, Uzbekistan, gives a potent look into the past, present, and future of the former Communist nation.

“Yemen - Al Tawilah - Miriam, 12 years old waits for the weekly water delivery. Miriam lives with 10 other people and they get 20 litres of water per week.”

“A young boy preparing a makeshift life-belt out of a plastic container for his little brother to swim in the rain water reservoir. Yemen is enduring a water crises that ranks among the worst in the world.”

10. Arati Kumar-Rao

Arati Kumar-Rao’s photographs focus upon ecology and land use among indigenous populations. Her project River Diaries: Brahmaputra, documents life in the Brahmaputra River basin, one of the most vital rivers in Asia.

“It’s no fish ye’re buying, it’s men’s lives.
~ Walter Scott (The Antiquary)
To behave as if lives matter.
We’ve forgotten how to.”

“She came running up to me and clutched my arms. I remember the feeling of her hands: i remember wanting to be conscious of it. They were cold. Smooth, cold, and her aged grip was firm. She begged me to listen. She didn’t have to. That’s what i was there for. Her story was not different, but she was. She looked into my eyes deeply as she spoke. She wanted me to come to her house. I did. She apologised for not offering me anything. No tea, nothing at home, she said. She spoke from somewhere deep. No anger. Just a deep desperation of massive loss.
There was something familiar about her. Maybe she felt the same way about me. Maybe that’s why her hand stayed in mine for a long while.”

11. Maggie Steber

Maggie Steber has pursued a wide range of impactful stories in over 64 countries around the globe. Her photographs are held in the Library of Congress and have been awarded a number of prestigious accolades, including the World Press Photo Award for Spot News and the Leica Medal of Excellence.

“Four sisters take a Sunday afternoon nap in the same bed they share at night at their home in a lower income neighborhood in Miami, FL.”

“This photo of my mother Madje is included in the Women of Vision National Geographic exhibition opening at the #Palm Beach Photographic Center Tuesday, Jan. 20 at 7pm coinciding with #FotoFusion Festival of Photography in sunny Palm Beach, FL. Madje suffered from memory loss. Throughout that melancholic voyage, as the only child of a single parent, I photographed her to make new memories and to save myself from the heartbreak of being forgotten and watching her disappear before me. During that time National Geographic Magazine assigned me to a story on the science of memory. Madje had been a scientist and would have enjoyed the irony of it all. At the end of the story the magazine used this photo with an ode I wrote to my mother. She was even on the cover in a collage of our old family photos.”

12. Nina Berman

Nina Berman’s powerful photographs tackle important issues surrounding the American social and political climate. She is the recipient of two World Press Photo Foundation awards and was included in the 2010 Whitney Biennial.

“Muslim day at the Texas state Capitol in Austin January 29, 2015
Hundreds of people gathered to meet their legislators. Protestors showed up accusing them of financing terrorism and plotting to install Sharia law in the USA. When asked about the protestors, the women I spoke to said they had gotten used to it and didn’t pay it any attention, But given the shooting in North Carolina , how does one know if virulent hate speech is just that or also a motivator for violence?”

“Balloons are distributed at the Hoops for Justice basketball tournament held to commemorate the lives of Kimani Grey,16 and Shantel Davis, 23 who were shot dead by New York police (NYPD) in 2013 and 2012. Both had lived in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. I had expected to see sad faces and anger given the most recent police killing, but it wasn’t like that. The crowd was feeling strong and upbeat and after the basketball was over, the balloons were released to float above the city.”

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