CULTURE

Our Favorite Women Photographed by Our Favorite Female Photographers

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MICKALENE THOMAS

Last September, W enlisted the actress Cate Blanchett to guest edit a special edition of the magazine that featured all female photographers (and Blanchett in clothes by all female designers, for that matter), but the angle wasn’t necessarily a novelty. With a history of working with top female fashion photographers such as Emma Summerton, Venetia Scott, Brigitte Lacombe, and Collier Schorr, and of recruiting female artists like Alex Prager and Mickalene Thomas for special projects, we’ve long featured female talents and models as seen through the female gaze. Here, some of our favorite women photographed by some of the best female photographers from the archive of W.

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MICKALENE THOMAS
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Cardi B, photographed by Mickalene Thomas and styled by Kollin Carter for W magazine, the Art Issue 2018.

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Taryn Simon
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Shirin Neshat, photographed by Taryn Simon and styled by Victoria Petro Conroy for W magazine, February 2010.

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WALES CHARLOTTE
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Aamito Lagum and Senait Gidey (from left), photographed by Charlotte Wales for W magazine, May 2015.

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Photographed by Emma Summerton and styled by Giovanna Battaglia for W magazine, November 2014.

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MONA KUHN
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Thandie Newton, photographed by Mona Kuhn for W magazine, August 2016.

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VENETIA SCOTT
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Jean Campbell, photographed by Venetia Scott for W magazine, June/July 2016.

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VENETIA SCOTT
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Bella Hadid, photographed by Venetia Scott for W magazine, October 2016.

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Sadie Sink, photographed by Katie Mccurdy for W magazine, October 2017.

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SASSEN VIVIANE
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Cate Blanchett, photographed by Viviane Sassen for W magazine, Fall Fashion 2018.

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MONA KUHN
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Juno Temple, photographed by Mona Kuhn for W magazine, August 2016.

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Photographed by Emma Summerton and styled by Caroline Newell for W magazine, March 2014.

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Alexandra Prager
Spellbound

Irina Lazareanu, photographed by Alex Prager and styled by Carolyn Tate Angel for W magazine, November 2010.

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Naomi Campbell, photographed by Emma Summerton and styled by Giovanna Battaglia for W magazine, July 2012.

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Nina Dobrev, photographed by Bec Lorrimer for W magazine, January 2019.

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BRIGITTE LACOMBE
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Ava Devernay, Agnes Varda, and Alice Rohrwacher (from left), photographed by Brigitte Lacombe for W magazine, Fall Fashion 2018.

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STEF MITCHELL
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Blesnya Minher, photographed by Stef Mitchell and styled by Marie-Amélie Sauvé for W magazine, Fall Fashion 2018.

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Dijkstra Rineke
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Taryn Simon, photographed by Rineke Dijkstra for W magazine, November 2011.

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Designer Brandon Maxwell with model Joan Smalls. Photo: Charlotte Wales.
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Joan Smalls and Brandon Maxwell (from left), photographed by Charlotte Wales for W magazine, April 2017.

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Sasha Lane, photographed by Bria Vinaite for W magazine, May 2018.

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Prager Alexandra
The Other Olsen

Elizabeth Olsen, photographed by Alex Prager for W magazine, October 2011.

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MONA KUHN
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Sarah Paulson, photographed by Mona Kuhn for W magazine, August 2016.

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SHARNA OSBORNE
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Cate Blanchett, photographed by Sharna Osborne for W magazine, Fall Fashion 2018.

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Alisha Boe, photographed by Tiffany Dawn Nicholson and styled by Caroline Grosso for W magazine, May 2018.

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Dijkstra Rineke
Musings on a Muse

Jessica Chastain, photographed by Rineke Dijkstra for W magazine, January 2013.

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Alexandra Prager
Spellbound

Photographed by Alex Prager and styled by Carolyn Tate Angel for W magazine, November 2010.

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SAM TAYLOR-JOHNSON
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Cate Blanchett, photographed by Sam Taylor-Johnson for W magazine, Fall Fashion 2018.

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ALEXANDER PRAGER
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Chrysta Bell, Hailey Gates, Laura Dern, Naomi Watts, and Patricia Arquette (from left), photographed by Alex Prager for W magazine, May 2017.

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Photographed by Emma Summerton and styled by Giovanna Battaglia for W magazine, March 2012.

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CHARLOTTE WALES
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Adriana Lima, photographed by Charlotte Wales and styled by Katie Grand for W magazine, Fall Fashion 2018.

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Photographed by Emma Summerton and styled by Giovanna Battaglia for W magazine, March 2014.

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ALEXANDER PRAGER
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Cate Blanchett, photographed by Alex Prager for W magazine, Fall Fashion 2018.

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Alexandra Prager
Spellbound

Photographed by Alex Prager and styled by Carolyn Tate Angel for W magazine, November 2010.

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STEF MITCHELL
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Blesnya Minher, photographed by Steff Mitchell and styled by Marie-Amélie Sauvé for W magazine, Fall Fashion 2018.

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Janelle Monáe, photographed by Collier Schorr for W magazine, 2018.