Exhibit pays tribute to early female photographers

Published 6:38 AM ET, Thu December 10, 2015
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"Migrant Mother," a photo of Florence Owens Thompson and her children in 1936, is one of Dorothea Lange's most iconic works. This image is part of an exhibition in Paris entitled "Who is afraid of women photographers?" It shows the important role women have had in the history of photography. The exhibition will be on display at the Musee d'Orsay and the Musee de l'Orangerie until January 24. Dorothea Lange Collection/Oakland Museum
This photo, from 19th-century British photographer Julia Margaret Cameron, is entitled "Vivien and Merlin." It illustrates Tennyson's poem "Idylls of the King." Patrice Schmidt/Musée d'Orsay
This 1934 photo, "Embryo," was taken by American Ruth Bernhard (1905-2006). Keith de Lellis Gallery
Swiss photographer Ella Maillart (1903-1997) took this shot during her travels near the Chinese border. Musée de l'Elysée//Fonds Ella Maillart
A child in New York City lifts a girl's dress circa 1940. This shot was taken by American photographer Helen Levitt (1918-2009). National Gallery of Art
American Helen Messinger Murdoch (1862-1956) photographed these children in Aswan, Egypt, in 1914. Royal Photographic Society/National Media Museum
Young suffragettes promote a women's exhibition in London in May 1909. This photo was taken by Christina Broom (1862-1939), who has been called the UK's first female press photographer. Christina Broom/Museum of London
In 1891, American photographer Alice Austen took this shot entitled "Trude and I masked, short skirts." Austen lived from 1866 to 1952, and her home in New York is a national landmark. Historic Richmond Town
U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, left, and first lady Edith Roosevelt attend an exposition in St. Louis in 1904. Jessie Tarbox Beals (1870-1942) is known as America's first female news photographer, according to the Library of Congress. National Portrait Gallery
German photographer Regina Relang (1895-1989) snapped this shot at a Paris horse-racing track in 1936. Münchner Stadtmuseum
Lady Frances Jocelyn (1820-1880) took this photo, entitled "Interieur," in 1865. National Gallery of Art
Students work on the stairway of the treasurer's residence at the Hampton Institute, a school that provided vocational training and education for newly freed slaves and Native Americans, according to the Museum of Modern Art. The picture was taken at the turn of the 20th century by American photographer Frances Benjamin Johnston (1864-1952). The Museum of Modern Art
This portrait, "Annie Mae Merriweather" was taken in 1936 by American photographer Consuelo Kanaga (1894-1978). Kanaga was an advocate for people of color, according to the International Center of Photography. International Center of Photography
American photographer Gertrude Kasebier (1852-1934) took this photo of her daughter playing pool circa 1909. The J. Paul Getty Museum