Since the invention of the daguerrotype in 1839, women have played important but often forgotten roles in the evolution of photography. As one of the few socially acceptable outlets for nineteenth century women, photography offered middle and upper class women the chance to pursue photography as a career or leisure activity.(1) Due to popular social attitudes women were encouraged to take up portraiture because it was believed that as portraitists women, "could unveil a sitter's inner character while using aesthetically inclined compositional tactics."(2) However, in response to social and cultural upheaval during the first half of the twentieth century we see female photographers shifting from working as potraitists to documenting events and people.The following exhibition will examine 10 female photographers from 1858 - 1940 whose work contributed to the development of portraiture and the creation of documentary photography. The photographs selected to accompany their respective photographers were chosen based on their technological, artistic, and documentary merit.