"Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment" at Forest Lawn Museum

Exhibition on view at Forest Lawn Glendale Dec. 11, 2018 - April 7, 2019

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Women of Vision, which is also the subject of a book of the same name, was curated by Senior Photo Editor Elizabeth Krist and features photographers whose honors include a Pulitzer Prize and multiple World Press Photo awards. They are photographers whose work has not just resulted in accolades, but in activism for humans and animals as well. After the jump, we take a look at the 11 featured photographers.


Lynsey Addario

Lynsey Addario has covered the big news stories from war to human rights crises. In 2009, she was part of the New York Times team that earned a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the war in Afghanistan. The following year, her work earned her a MacArthur Fellowship. But, while Addario has covered the big stories, she has also pointed her camera at more obscure ones, like heroin addiction in Afghanistan and breast cancer amongst women in Uganda. Her book, Of Love and War, features her work from across the Middle East, South Asia and Africa.

Kitra Cahana

Kitra Cahana's photography zooms in on a wide range of cultures. She has documented U.S. teenagers at football games and raves and photographed a series of portraits of young mothers graduating high school. She has ventured to Venezuela to look at religious devotees of Maria Lionza, followed Americans on nomadic travels, as well as the Hasidic Jewish pilgrimage to Uman in Ukraine. She's a World Press photo winner and has earned a TED Fellowship as well.

Jodi Cobb

Jodi Cobb's work for National Geographic is bountiful and includes the immensely popular 2003 story on "21st Century Slaves." She was the first woman to be named White House Photographer of the Year, documented the lives of Saudi Arabian women, and has an ample portfolio of rock photography to boot. However, she is perhaps best known for her geisha photographic work. She was the first photographer to be permitted inside the world of the geisha, which resulted in the book Geisha: The Life, the Voices, the Art.

Diane Cook and Len Jenshel, A double rainbow arcs above the jagged cliffs and dense vegetation of Kalalau, the largest valley on Na Pali

Diane Cook and Len Jenshel, A double rainbow arcs above the jagged cliffs and dense vegetation of Kalalau, the largest valley on Na Pali | Photo courtesy of National Geographic

Diane Cook

Renowned landscape photographer Diane Cook often works with husband Len Jenshel on projects that have taken them across the globe. Their 2017 book, Wise Trees, features trees found at 70 sites across five continents. Cook's work, which often captures our ordinary surroundings in ways that are extraordinary, has been featured in a number of exhibitions.

Carolyn Drake

Carolyn Drake's accolades are many: Guggenheim Fellowship, Fulbright Fellowship, Lange Taylor Documentary Prize and World Press Photo award. She spent a decade based out of Istanbul, which allowed her to work on projects in Turkey, as well as Ukraine, Central Asia and China. Since heading back to the U.S. in 2014, she has focused her work at stateside communities. Her books include Wild Pigeon, based on her work in the Uyghur people; and Two Rivers, which follows life along the Amu Darya and Syr Darya rivers that traverse Central Asia.

Lynn Johnson

Lynn Johnson is a winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for Coverage of the Disadvantaged and has covered 21 stories for National Geographic Magazine. In the course of her work, she has photographed natural healing practices across the globe, women in three African countries who are water carriers, and the speakers of various endangered languages.

Beverly Joubert


A National Geographic Explorer in Residence, Beverly Joubert has spent more than 30 years documenting wildlife in Africa. Joubert's work captures not only the majesty of the animal kingdom, but the dangers that creatures face in the wild, including the thread of human predators. There's a conservation aspect to her work as well - the multiple award-winner is also co-founder of Big Cats Initiative. She frequently works in connection with husband Dereck Joubert, which whom she made the 2011 film The Last Lions.

Erika Larsen

Photographer Erika Larsen has merged contemporary life and tradition in her work. Her "Science of Belief" series mixes photographs of modern medical treatment with documentation of traditional healing practices and spirituality. She has documented Sami reindeer herders, youngsters learning to hunt, protestors in Standing Rock and the people who inhabit Yellowstone. She has earned a Fulbright Fellowship and New Jersey State Arts Council Fellowship and her work has been exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery.

Stephanie Sinclair, "Too Young to Wed"

Stephanie Sinclair, "Too Young to Wed" | Photo: National Geographic 

Stephanie Sinclair

Stephanie Sinclair has covered everything from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus to the Afghanistan War, but she's best known for "Too Young to Wed," her extensive series of photographs documenting child marriage practices across the globe. The "Too Young to Wed" photos led to the founding of a non-profit of the same name and have been exhibited at the United Nations.

Maggie Steber

Maggie Steber spent decades photographing in Haiti, the results of which became the subject of her book, Dancing on Fire. Her sensitive and skillful work took a decidedly personal turn with her series "Madje Has Dementia," the subject of which was Steber's mother. She was won the Leica Medal of Excellence and a World Press Photo award.

Amy Toensing

Amy Toensing covered the White House and Congress for the New York Times early in her career. Since then, she has shot everywhere from the Jersey Shore to Papua New Guinea and her subjects have ranged from widows to children. She spent three years documenting Aboriginal Australians as well. In addition to taking photos, she teaches the subject to Somali and Sudanese refugees in Maine.

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Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment is now on view at Forest Lawn Museum, located at Forest Lawn - Glendale. The traveling exhibition, which originated at the National Geographic Museum in 2013, features the work of 11 women who have covered a diverse range of subjects for the venerable magazine.