Women in Photography and the Shifting Gender Ratio

July 27, 2009

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:
Fiona Aboud
Julie Blackmon

Stephanie Brunia

Catherine Chalmers

Kelli Connell

Julia Fullerton-Batten

Carol Golemboski

Laurie Frankel

Lauren Greenfield

Cynthia Greig

Loretta Lux

Sarah Silver

Lorna Simpson

Carla van de Puttelaar

Women in Photography Link: http://www.wipnyc.org/

Michel Leroy
Michel Leroy is an award-winning photographer based in New York City. Working with a select team of professional creatives at 2X Productions LLC they create advertising campaigns and social media solutions for advertising, media and corporate clients. Repeatedly clients including The Food Network, Adidas, Nike, Intel, Lenovo, GE, Pfizer, Bayer and L'Oreal have trusted Michel Leroy to connect their brands to customers through photographs with insight and narrative. Michel Leroy is a brand ambassador for Manfrotto US, Lastolite by Manfrotto and the range of Vitec brands in the professional photographic community.

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