Women in Photography and the Shifting Gender Ratio
I was recently asked by a magazine for a list of 20+ photographers relevant to the industry today and I realized that there were only three woman on my entire list. I’m not a sexist jerk so I though there must be something I was missing. That sparked a conversation with my friend, fellow artist, author and educator, Angela Faris-Belt about Women in Photography and the Shifting Gender Ratio.
The challenge is to find empowered, relevant fine art and commercial women in photography who are coming of age in the modern digital industry and may not look up to legends like Richard Avedon but rather to Diane Arbus. While women still have a challenging near future before their contributions are as recognizable in the marketplace, the building momentum of collaboration in modern photography has brought more women into the forefront of the industry.
In talking to Angela she made a point that about 80% of her students at Art Center are women but she is the only full-time female faculty. She sees a change in the gender ratio and the future of women in photography.
Some of the legendary female photographers I consider relevant include, but are not limited to:
Evelyn Cameron 1900’s-1920’s
Dorothea Lang, 1930’s to 1950’s
Lillian Bassman, 1940’s to 1960’s
Annie Leibovitz, 1970’s to present-day
Luis Greenfield, 1980’s to present-day
Ellen Von Unwerth, 1990’s to present-day
Angela and I put together a list of relevant contemporary women who we think are really pushing the boundaries of the photo industry right now, again not limited to:
Carla van de Puttelaar
Women in Photography Link: http://www.wipnyc.org/