This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – to celebrate International Women’s Day, which was on Tuesday 8 March, this week we recognise some of the amazing female photojournalists who are covering important stories on social justice, the environment and the horrific war in Ukraine.
Renée C Byer
A Pulitzer Prize winner, Renée’s day gig is as an on-staff photographer at the Sacramento Bee, but she has also created an extraordinary body of documentary work that spans four continents and ten countries. Living on a Dollar a Day: The Lives and Faces of the World’s Poor compassionately documents the stories of women and children who may be crushed by poverty, but have amazing spirits that shine through in her pictures. A feature of Renée’s work is her ability to ensure the dignity of her subjects and to convey their humanity. Renée has also been covering the unfolding homeless crisis in Sacramento.
Esther Horvath – from the Arctic to Antarctica
In 2019, photographer Esther Horvath documented the unprecedented mission to study the Arctic climate, a project known as MOSAiC – the Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate – that involved a staggering 600 researchers from 19 countries. Esther’s photographs of this massive endeavour feature in her incredible book Into the Arctic Ice.
This month Esther is at the other pole, in Antarctica to document another extraordinary mission, to search for Sir Ernest Shackleton’s lost ship the Endurance, which was found this week.
Covering the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine
Lynsey Addario is on the ground in Ukraine for The New York Times. Paula Bronstein who in February was in Afghanistan covering the humanitarian crisis in that country is now documenting the exodus from Ukraine into Poland. Heidi Levine is in Kyiv for the Washington Post. Carol Guzy, who has won the Pulitzer four times, the first in 1986 and the last in 2011, is also there to document this moment in history. These women are bringing the human toll of this war to the world with their deeply emotional photographs that reveal the reality of Putin’s war on the innocent.