Kailyn's Gallery of Female Photographers

This is a collection of my favorite photographs captured by females. Most of these images are without or have little colors, and all of these images include a woman in the subject matter. It shows, somewhat, how women have changed throughout time with the earliest image being from 1867 and the most recent from 2010 -- each one a bit bolder than the last.

Julia Margaret Cameron recieved a camera as a gift when she was 48. She often took pictures of females in biblical narrative photographs. Her photos often have a soft focus and blurry edges. This specific photo is of four sisters posing in a poet's garden. She models the girls in a dramatic pose to exemply the dramatic nature of Lord Tennyson's, the poet's, poem "Come into the Garden, Maud." I like this picture and other photographs by Cameron because of the delicate look, beautiful girls, and background ornamentation in her photography.
The photographer, Tina Modotti, took this photograph of a Tehuana woman in Tehuantepec, Mexico. The Tehuana women were known for their independence and strength as Mexican women in 1929. They wore vibrantly colored clothing and controlled the area's politics and economics. Modotti took many pictures of these women doing daily activities. In this particular photograph, this woman is balancing a gourd on her head. Modotti cropped the picture to make this woman the central subject. The way we look at this woman emphasizes her strength, power, and beauty. This woman looks like someone the viewer wants to be. I like this particular photograph because it shows a type of woman people did not usually see in the early twentieth century -- an independent and strong one.
Dorothea Lange was employed by the Farm Security Administration to photograph and document the effect the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl had on individuals. Lange's photography captured individuals but represented masses. The woman pictured, Florence Owens Thompson, was a migrant pea-picker; however, the pea crops had frozen over and she was out of work. She and her children had been starving having only frozen vegetables and wild birds to eat. This photograph of Florence and her children grew to be a symbol of the struggle many Americans were facing in this time period and ultimately helps people who were not there understand what exactly was happening. I like this picture because of the beauty of the photograph despite the harsh reality captured.
Helen Levitt was a street photographer. She photographed a variety of people, mostly random subjects, on New York streets. Her most common subject matter was women and children. She has had entire exhibitions with children as the primary subject matter. She remained an active photographer for over seventy years. This subjects of this image are three young children masked in front of a building in New York. It's a very plain image and somewhat random, but it captures an innocent moment between three playful children. The girl struggles to get her mask on, and the two boys are just looking around. I like this image because of how innocent it is. It is a moment that reminds me of being a little girl unable to get my mask on. I like this picture because of its simplicity and relatability.
Clara Sipprell was a famous portrait photographer. She photographed some of the most famous people of the nineteenth century. People liked her portrait photography, because in her pictures she showed more than the physical aspects of the subject, but what made them unique individuals. The subject of this portrait, Eleanor Roosevelt, shows her leaning forward as if about to speak. This shows Eleanor as an interesting woman with something to say -- which is just who she was. Eleanor probably chose Sipprell to photograph her because she was female. Eleanor would hold press conferences that allowed only women to keep women employed on newspaper staffs, and she probably did the same here in having Clara Sipprell photograph her. I chose this picture because Eleanor is one of my favorite historical figures and the way she is portrayed flatters who she was as a person. Eleanor demands the viewers respect and attention, and that makes me further appreciate the picture.
Maureen Bisilliat was a Brazilian photographer. She is originally from England, but spent most her her life in Brazil. She photographed personal moments in the lives of Brazilian people to give an inside view from the outside. Her foreign background gave her even more admiration for Brazilian life and she used her admiration to build a reputation as an important Brazilian photographer. This specific image captures the moments leading up to the marriage of a couple. The man is looking somewhere in the distant with a thoughtful expression and the woman looks at the camera with an expression that says "I'm ready." You can see in the expressions of the couple that they are deeply considering what they are doing. I like this photograph because it gives an honest account of what feelings are felt during a wedding in a beautiful way.
Cindy Sherman is an American photographer with several series of photographs. Sherman works alone to produce her photography. She designs her own images and models herself to suit her own needs for the subject. One of her most famous sets of photographs in her "Untitled Film Stills" series. She assigns herself a different role per photograph and creates different kinds of cliché women from different cliché films. In this specific image, Sherman depicts a woman who is not a regular feminine housewife. This woman smokes cigarettes on her porch, taking up an entire chair's worth of space and consequently all of the viewer's attention. This woman is the front of the image, while in the back is a portrait of some man the viewer does not know. He is unimportant to the viewer, and thus the stereotypical role a man and a woman hold are reversed. I like this picture and included it in my gallery because it shows a different kind of woman -- one who takes the role men had so long held hostage up to Sherman's time. It shows an essence of gender equality. Other than that, it is simply well-done photography. I love the dark colors within the black and white coloring and appreciate the beauty of the model/photographer.
Nan Goldin began photography as a hobby when she was 15 years old. She moved to New York City when she graduated high school and began photographing the post-punk new-wave music scene, the queer community, and New York City's drug culture, and some autobiographical moments. She put these works together to form her work The Ballad of Sexual Dependency. Nan and Brian in Bed, New York City serves as the cover for this work. In this picture, the viewer sees a dramatic side of an autobiographical scene of her life. She lies in bed looking at a half-naked man sitting up and smoking a cigarette. He stares out the window and disregards her. She looks at him as if she wants his attention or she is admiring him. I like this picture because of the emotions shown in it. You can tell the viewer likes this man by the way she looks at him. The fact that emotion can be conveyed by a look on someone's face is beautiful.
Sarah Lucas was part of the Young British Artists in the 1990s. Lucas used her androgynous appearance in her artwork to display gender stereotypes in a negative way. She often used food as innuendos to undermine and reveal objectification of the anatomy in her artwork. Eating a Banana 1990 was the image that made her realize that her appearance could be a useful tool in her photography. Lucas wears a leather jacket and a tough look on her face to show masculinity. She uses a banana in addition to her masculine appearance in this picture to satirize the female role in pornography. The image confronts and undermines gender stereotypes just as Lucas intended. I like this picture because it shows the empowerment of women. A woman thirty years before Lucas' time would hardly be able to consider publishing something as bold as the statement Lucas makes and how she makes it.
Carrie Mae Weems is a artist of many skills; however, she is most famous for her photography. Her photography tells stories -- mostly stories of empowerment and strength. Her art usually focuses on gender, race, and class. As an female African-American artist, she often uses female African-American subjects to make her point. In this image the subject conveys strength. The subject struts down a walkway with confidence. She has an Afro and a conventionally attractive body; so she is ready to use her confidence to introduce Afro-chic on this lit runway. Through the curtains in front of her, a memorial service is being held. However, the subject remains calm and composed and striding onward. This shows that composure and calmness will get through hardships in social reform related events. I like this image because it shows the onward stride that oppressed people made during the Civil Rights movement and beyond. This woman looks powerful and beautiful as she confidently moves forward.
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