It has been more than 50 years since photographer Betty Peele and photographer Mary Anne O’Connell first started shooting, and both photographers have been remembered for their iconic work.
The pair first met at a photo contest at the beginning of the decade, and when they both moved to the same town to be closer to each other, they quickly became friends.
The following year, Peele got married to her husband, and O’Connor married him the following year.
Peele was born in 1941, but was the first female photographer to be named “the woman photographer of the century.”
She was awarded the National Photographic Society’s National Medal of Arts in 1969 and the Pulitzer Prize for Photography in 1974.
O’Connor, however, has been known to take a backseat to her fellow female photographers in the history of photography.
She has never won the coveted Pulitzer Prize, nor has she been nominated for any major awards.
That changed in 2016 when she became the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prizes in each of the four major categories of photography: Photojournalism, Photoessay, Documentary, and Photo/Film.
And she did it with the help of her husband.
In fact, the couple first married in 1947.
Since then, O’Neill and Peele have been celebrated for their work in the industry, and the couple’s life story has made them into one of the most recognizable faces in the photography world.
Betty Pigeons, Mary Anne’s husband, was a photographer from New Jersey for nearly 40 years, and he was the driving force behind Betty’s rise to fame.
The couple met when Pigeon was working as a waitress at a diner.
Pigeoons first noticed her in 1962, and they married in 1963.
They shared a daughter together in 1966, and Betty and her husband were married in 1969.
The Pigeones moved to Hawaii to pursue their photography hobby, and their son, James, later became a photographer for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
In 1970, Betty and James moved to Los Angeles, where they opened the Betty Peeples Photo Shop, which became one of California’s largest independent photography businesses.
The business was later acquired by Pigeone’s longtime manager, Joe Linn, and Pigeotts photography continued to grow.
O’s sister, photographer Margaret O’Mara, founded the Betty Peeps Museum, which houses photos from Betty’s time as a photographer.
And in 1977, O’s husband died.
The photo collection was eventually passed down to her sister, who took it upon herself to catalogue the photographs in the new museum.
But it was O’Peeles death in 2006 that gave her a unique opportunity to work with the public.
She died suddenly at age 69 after being hospitalized with pneumonia.
She was the oldest surviving surviving member of her family.
In 2017, O’mara published a book about her work with Betty, which included an essay in which she detailed her experiences with the photographer and her family during her illness.
Pausele and O’s legacy are both alive in the world of photography, and today, both have been honored with the prestigious Pulitzer Prize.
Pile was a pioneer in the field, and she started her career with the Los Angeles Times as a photojournalist and later became one herself.
Her first photo was taken in 1959.
Her career included working as an assistant for several of the world’s most famous photographers.
She won the Pulitzer for her photo essay, which depicted a man in the rain wearing a bathing suit, which was a popular photograph in the 1930s.
The image won the 1936 Pulitzer for Picture of the Year.
Paine won the National Medal for Photography for her image of a black woman in her car, which she took in 1964.
She also won a bronze medal for her famous shot of the Statue of Liberty, which appeared in the cover of Time magazine.
The Pulitzer Medal was awarded to photographers who “have demonstrated extraordinary bravery in their professional and personal lives” in the “face of overwhelming danger or public opprobrium,” as well as “the most extraordinary achievements in the pursuit of vision.”