Posts Tagged photography

Migrant women documenting their experiences crossing the border

After years of photographing migration, freelance photographer Encarni Pindado — realizing that there was so much that her perspective as a non-migrant did not capture — began a participatory photography project. MigraZoom gives migrants crossing the border disposable cameras to document their own experience of the crossing.

After years of photographing migration, freelance photographer Encarni Pindado — realizing that there was so much that her perspective as a non-migrant did not capture — began a participatory photography project. MigraZoom gives ...

Quick Hit: Syreeta on racial bias in photography

This weekend, our own Syreeta chatted with NPR’s On The Media about her recent Buzzfeed piece on the bias against dark skin embedded in the very technology of film photography. Give it a listen. And if you haven’t read her piece yet, you should — it’s a lovely blend of personal narrative and fascinating cultural history.

This weekend, our own Syreeta chatted with NPR’s On The Media about her recent Buzzfeed piece on the bias against dark skin embedded in the very technology of film photography. Give it a listen. And ...

Chilling photo essay documents a night of domestic violence

*Trigger warning*

While photographing an ex-convict’s struggle to reintegrate into civilian life, photojournalist Sara Naomi Lewkowicz found herself a witness to domestic violence:

I intended to paint a portrait of the catch-22 of being a released ex-convict: even though they are physically free, the metaphorical prison of stigma doesn’t allow them to truly escape. That story changed dramatically one night, after a visit to a bar.

In a nearby town where Shane had found temporary work, they stayed with the kids at a friend’s house. That night, at a bar, Maggie had become incensed when another woman had flirted with Shane, and left. Back at the house, Maggie and Shane began fighting. Before long, their yelling escalated into physical violence.

Shane attacked Maggie, throwing ...

*Trigger warning*

While photographing an ex-convict’s struggle to reintegrate into civilian life, photojournalist Sara Naomi Lewkowicz found herself a witness to domestic violence:

I intended to paint a portrait of the catch-22 of being a released ex-convict: even though ...

Rethinking ‘Reborn': Reactions to the shocking subculture of adult doll collecting

I’d never heard of the Reborn subculture before, which was detailed in a recent photoessay in the New York Times. Women who are part of this culture (movement? hobby?) — aficcionados are mostly white, conservative, Christian, and antiabortion women — make and collect eerily lifelike dolls. They purchase their dolls from “nurseries” and host baby showers, compete in beauty contests, and attend Reborn conventions. They can spend thousands on these dolls, which they often treat as members of their own family, giving them rooms in their house, taking them out to eat, and generally caring for them as one would a living baby.

This is gut twistingly strange and heartbreaking to me.

My first reaction: “These women are weirdos. This ...

I’d never heard of the Reborn subculture before, which was detailed in a recent photoessay in the New York Times. Women who are part of this culture (movement? hobby?) — aficcionados are mostly white, conservative, ...

Not Oprah’s Book Club: Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoo

Years before Adrienne Rich would write in Of Woman Born that ” [women] need to imagine a world in which every woman is the presiding genuis of her own body,” 19th century Western women began exploring skin modification through the art of tattoo.

Margot Mifflin’s recently reissued Bodies of Subversion is more than just a photographic history of this deep subculture. It is a close study of women during a period of historic limitations and social mobility, beginning to break barriers by exploring alternative ideas of beauty and self expression. Originally released in 1997, Bodies of Subversion was the only account of the origins of female tattoo art in Western culture, providing a fascinating journey into a subculture ...

Years before Adrienne Rich would write in Of Woman Born that ” [women] need to imagine a world in which every woman is the presiding genuis of her own body,” 19th century Western women began exploring skin ...

Sojourner Truth: “A woman in control of her image”

Holiday movie-viewing season probably means that you undoubtedly will catch one of the most talked about films of the year, Spielberg’s “Lincoln.” I saw the movie a few weeks back and it’s pretty grand. Yet, I had a healthy amount of skepticism going in, because it is a Spielberg jawn, which would mean there would be a douse of self-righteous audience pandering hoakieness, but muted by the powerful script from screenwriter and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Tony Kushner. “Lincoln” as a title is kind of a misnomer: it’s a legislative drama, watching white men wrest, insult and struggle with each other over the legality and morality of human bondage while the Civil War dragged on.

I’m a descendant from all of ...

Holiday movie-viewing season probably means that you undoubtedly will catch one of the most talked about films of the year, Spielberg’s “Lincoln.” I saw the movie a few weeks back and it’s pretty grand. Yet, I had ...

Quick hit: Donna Ferrato’s photo crusade against domestic violence

The above image is iconic.  Nan Goldin released this self portrait as part of her photo monograph, ‘The Ballad of Sexual Dependency‘ in 1986. Goldin’s work was one of self inquiry, groundbreaking in its visceral analysis of intimacy and relationships from her generation. It launched her career as an artist, it also, over time became the vehicle of escape from that relationship.

In contrast, there’s the work of photographer and activist Donna Ferrato, who’s 30 year career in documenting (and helping) battered women has culminated to a new project, ‘I Am Unbeatable’ to celebrate the women who escaped, forged new lives for themselves from their abusers. Ferrato’s work is unique, beyond straight on documentation: she ultimately became a vocal ...

The above image is iconic.  Nan Goldin released this self portrait as part of her photo monograph, ‘The Ballad of Sexual Dependency‘ in 1986. Goldin’s work was one of self inquiry, groundbreaking in its visceral analysis ...

Because it’s Friday, let’s look at amazing photos

Let’s take a moment to marvel at the beauty and wonder of our world.

Not to get too emo on you, darling feminists, but I’ve just gotten done posting about racism, sexism and sexual violence in war and conflict. And the past few weeks have brought a reinvigorated assault on women’s health care. So, let’s take a minute and marvel. I bring you some of the photos from the Smithsonian’s 9th Annual Photo Contest. Enjoy:


Village boys relaxing

Nimai Chandra Ghosh (Kolkata, India)
Photographed November 2009, West Bengal, India

Let’s take a moment to marvel at the beauty and wonder of our world.

Not to get too emo on you, darling feminists, but I’ve just gotten done posting about racism, sexism and sexual violence in war and ...

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