We need more women photojournalists. we need more nonbinary photojournalists. This book highlights, explains, and illustrates why…why this is a much-needed perspective. Not only do they access spaces men can’t but they also show major events in a different way, with less shock and awe and more emotion and connection. They choose to tell the stories of communities unrepresented and overlooked. It’s not to say we don’t need the male photojournalists we have, it’s that we need the perspective shown through these 100 photos to be a part of the work we see from photojournalists. We need more balanced, representative reporting. This book makes this point, it offers the first step towards this balance.
It is fantastic, from start to finish! Heartfelt, compelling, moving, and inspiring. I highly recommend it! Each photo is accompanied by the photographer’s experience and insights into the subject. I found this a wonderful addition to the captivating photography. If you enjoy seeing bias challenged; deepening your understanding of others; and impressive photography, this one is for you! Five out of five on the enJOYment scale.
I received a complimentary copy of the book from Quarto Publishing Group – White Lion through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in these reviews are completely my own
From the back cover:
Open your eyes to a new world view with 100 women and nonbinary photojournalists’ stories from behind the lens.
85% of photojournalists are men. That means almost everything that is reported in the world is seen through men’s eyes. Similarly, spaces and communities men don’t have access to are left undocumented and forgotten. With the camera limited to the hands of one gender, photographic ‘truth’ is more subjective than it seems. To answer this serious ethical problem, Women Photograph flips that bias on its head to show what and how women and nonbinary photojournalists see.
From documenting major events such as 9/11 to capturing unseen and misrepresented communities, this book presents a revisionist contemporary history: pore over 50 years of women’s dispatches in 100 photographs. Each image is accompanied by 200 words from the photographer about the experience and the subject, offering fresh insights and a much-needed perspective.
Until we have balanced, representative reporting, the camera cannot offer a mirror to our global society. To get the full picture, we need a diverse range of people behind the lens. This book offers a first step.
Relearn how to see with this evergreen catalogue that elevates the voices of women and nonbinary visual storytellers.