A lot of ink, talk, discontent, and contempt has appeared regarding the uses and abuses on Facebook’s Instagram; see here and here. I discovered on Instagram the presence of the following 18 artists and photographers, some of whom I’d already been aware from print. It’s in many of their images where I’ve found stillness, inspiration, stimulation, and provocation, and that’s why you should get to know some of these people. I’ll continue to admire their work elsewhere when present forms of social media will (must?) inevitably disappear.
On this International Women’s Day (8 March), I remind myself how photography is made and viewed differently from either the male or female perspective.
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
- Marie Colvin (1956-2012) : website | Committee to Protect Journalists
- 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
- Cristina Mittermeier : website | National Geographic here and here
- Anja Niedringhaus (1965-2014) : website | Committee to Protect Journalists
- Mihaela Noroc : diversity of women around the world, in The Atlas of Beauty
- Bettina Rheims : website (NSFW) | Challenging ideas of gender, Vimeo (NSFW)
- Cindy Sherman : Tate UK | As characters in her own performance art, Art21 video
- Gerda Taro (1910-1937) : ICP | Love in a time of war (Guardian)
- Francesca Woodman (1958-1981) : Tate UK | Who was the real Francesca?
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 Fotografie at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-6AG (edited 2016,2017,2018.)