Though I pride myself on my ability to come up with fresh “Best Of __” and “Top __” lists to no end, I’m glad that a friend of mine recently turned me onto music photographer Melanie Escombe. Though you’d think of something like music photography or rock and roll photography as a fairly narrow niche in the world of art, it turns out that there’s a great deal of diversity and stories behind your favorite artist’s iconic performance photos. And ultimately, if you think about it, these photographers are responsible for most of the iconic images we have today. With that in mind, we turn to Melanie, a veritable expert in the world of photography and rock journalism, to learn more about the women photographers who are making waves: “When it came to putting this list together I kept thinking, apart from the one obvious choice, how many people would know the names of these women? Until recently the music industry in every aspect has been a bit of a boys club and that pisses me off royally. So here's to all the badass rock chicks out there! Here are five female photographer's whose names we should never forget…” Be sure to check out Melanie's photography here!