This is the final Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up for 2018 – this week it’s all about women photographers. In New York the exhibition Women Street Photographers features 75 photographers including eight Australians; in Ballarat Lumina Collective, an all women group, launches Echoes exhibition; and Women Photograph reports a stellar year of activities designed to elevate women photographers and close the gender gap.
Exhibition: New York
Women Street Photographers
This show curated by Gulnara Samoilova features 75 photographers including eight Aussies – Ilana Rose, Catherine Matthys, Julia Coddington, Kirsty Greenland, Rebecca Wiltshire, Jessie Dinan, Libby Holmsen and Jane Zhang.
Exhibition images were selected by Samoilova and renowned documentary photographer Donna Ferrato. Submissions came in from around the globe. The common theme is “being shot candidly in public.” This international selection includes some of the most notable women photographers working in this space today.
On show at El Barrio’s art space, a former abandoned public school in East Harlem until 2 January, 2019.
215 E. 99th Street, New York
Echoes – Lumina Collective
Lumina Collective was founded in 2017 and comprises eight Australian women photographers: Aletheia Casey, Anna Maria Antoinette D’Addario, Chloe Bartram, Donna Bailey, Jessie Boylan, Lyndal Irons, Morganna Magee and Sarah Rhodes.
Their new exhibition, Echoes, explores “the ways in which photographic image-making in Australia is inherently linked to questions of identity and place and to generational stories of translocation.” Themes covered include “family history, trauma and loss, migration, notions of home as well as the formulation of social and cultural Australian identities.” The work is the result of long-term studies that are informed by each artist’s unique practice.
Art Gallery of Ballarat 40 Lydiard Street Ballarat
Until 10 March, 2019
Women Photograph is an amazing organisation that works to “elevate the voices of women and non-binary visual storytellers.” Founded by the powerhouse that is Daniella Zalcman, Women Photograph is run by a handful of women who must think sleep is over-rated (as many of us do!) as they all have day gigs too – Zalcman, Mallory Benedict, Sara Ickow, and Eslah Attar. What they’ve achieved in such a short time is incredible and shows the strength in collective action.
Highlights from 2018 (you can see the full report here)
- The database now features 850 photographers in 105 countries
- New to the website is a dedicated “Women Photographers of Color”
- In 2018 $60,000 in grants was distributed
- Workshops were held including the second annual Women Photograph at Photoville New York
- Women Photograph funded 40 photographers who could not afford to travel outside their country enabling them to participate in workshops, training and festivals, furthering opportunities for education and networking
- The second annual mentorship program was launched with 22 early career photographers partnered with an experienced photographer and photo editor over a year
- Continued monitoring of selected publications and their engagement of women photographers – look out for the WP report card in 2019
Check out Women Photograph Year in Pictures curated by Mallory Benedict. There’s some serious talent out there!