Men dominated photography in the 19th-century. It was felt the demands of the profession, such as developing, chemical knowledge, and cumbersome equipment, were too arduous for women who were mostly assistants. A few women persisted, including Malvina Ramsour in Lincoln County, Kate Johnson in Durham, and Mrs. H.H. Davisson in Oxford. It was at the beginning of the 20th-century that women began to step behind the camera. The premier woman photographer of this period in North Carolina was Bayard Wootten.