I was delighted to find Frances Benjamin Johnston’s portrait of Gertrude Kasebier, both of them successful photographers in the late 19th and early 20th C. They were both conventional in some respects, unconventional in others.
Johnston, a lesbian, was published by The Ladies Home Journal. She came from a wealthy family and hob-nobbed with the notables of her time, taking portraits of great men and great architecture. As an established photographer, she advocated for other women in photography. Kasebier was a middle class woman who, despite some sweet Julia Margaret Cameron type early photos, portrayed marriage darkly, ironically. She photographed Native Americans as individuals, rather than icons. And she fought with Alfred Stieglitz over the right to earn a living with her camera.
Kasebier gave up photography at the age of 79, but Johnston tirelessly kept taking pictures right up until her death at the age of 88. Her self-portrait (here) is one of my favourite photographs.