On this International Women’s Day (8 March), please check out these photographers whose work I greatly admire. Much of the following is personal, brave, unflinching, and provocative.
- Eve Arnold (1912-2012) : Magnum Photos | The Guardian
- Margaret Bourke-White (1904-1971) : LIFE | Museum of Modern Art
- Jodi Cobb : website | “What is beauty?”, National Geographic video
- Nan Goldin : The Guardian | Museum of Modern Art
- Herlinde Koelbl : website | The Culture of Target Practice, Behold
- Dorothea Lange (1895-1965) : Getty Museum | Museum of Modern Art
- Vivian Maier (1926-2009) : website | documentary
- Mary Ellen Mark (1940-2015) : website | Remembrance, on Nat Geo Proof
- Lee Miller (1907-1977) : website | the many lives of Lee Miller
- Mihaela Noroc : diversity of women around the world, in The Atlas of Beauty
- Bettina Rheims : website | Challenging ideas of gender, Vimeo video (NSFW)
- Cindy Sherman : Tate UK | As characters in her own performance art, Art21 video
- Francesca Woodman (1958-1981) : Tate UK | Who was the real Francesca Woodman?
I prefer (and highly recommend) looking at photography as prints, in galleries, or in photo-books. Having photos take on physical form provides a kind of tactile permanence which seems “more real” to me than a mouse-click or a screen swipe that are far too ephemeral for my liking. Have a look online; then, seek work by one or all of these women at an art gallery and/or a bookstore.
The featured photo is by geralt (Pixabay) with the CC0 license. The last photo is by Ares Nguyen (Flickr) with the CC2 license. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-6AG. (Edited, 2016.)