Pick 'n' Mix: Girls
Hear it for the girls. I'm looking at the best female photographers around right now...
What with all the Sky Sports sexism scandals, it’s never been a better time to celebrate women and denounce football.
With this in mind, here’s some work by female photographers that I’m loving at the moment…
Fiona Rogers’ Firecracker
Fiona is Cultural and Education Co-ordinator at our partner Magnum Photos (she’s an integral part of the team that made our Photographic Award such a success) Fiona has also set up Firecracker, an “online platform to support European women photographers.” The site works by promoting work in a series of monthly gallery slots.
January’s Firecracker feature is Home Work by Tessa Bunney, a UK-based documentary photographer. She spent two years in Vietnam, from September 2006 – May 2008, exploring the region of Hanoi as it became increasingly urbanised. The project beautifully captures domestic practices that may soon be lost.
Visit Firecracker to see the full project.
Another London-based Firecracker, Leonie’s work is heart-stoppingly beautiful. The image below makes me feel a bit sick because it’s so good. Her current project, In the Shadow of Things won the KLM Paul Huf Award 2009 at Foam gallery in Amsterdam and focuses on her intimate family relationships. She is very interested in the idea of family; a previous project, In the Family, saw her travelling across the world to document the lives of different families.
Romanian Dana has had huge success with recent project not Natasha, a photographic project dedicated to documenting the plight of sex-trafficked women from eastern Europe. Natasha is the name given to prostitutes with eastern European looks. Dana handled the project with a sensitivity that, dare I say it, may not have been possible were she a man. Not Natasha has been shown at Impressions Gallery in Bradford, Photofusion in London and at Amnesty International.
And now for something completely different. I love the work of Francesca Woodman, who has just shown at the wonderful Victoria Miro gallery in London. Woodman took her first photo aged 13 in 1972 and went on to produce an extraordinary body of work before her death at the tender age of 22. She’s due a massive retrospective at San Francisco MoMA this year.
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