Women have always played a big role in the photography world, but this fact is not always apparent. Street photography in particular has always lacked a strong female presence. Women Street Photographers aims to change that perception.
Women Street Photographers started as an Instagram feature account that not only aimed to draw attention to the female photographers in the field but also to encourage other women to follow their passion. But as of December 18, it has turned into a New York exhibit that is featuring the work of more than 75 women. This curated selection of work is currently on display along with a brief story from the artist as to how the image was captured.
In a World of Unicorns by @nikigle: “Walking on the beach, I saw two men hugging with an amazing expression. Magic happened when the kids in the background flew the floating Unicorn in the air! At that moment, I realized that this was a strong image. It’s those rare moments, and I felt my heart beating like crazy"
The gallery and account were founded and are curated by Gulnara Samoilova. Gulnara is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated photographer and former Associated Press photojournalist. I personally recognize her for her images taken during 9/11 that you have undoubtedly seen.
If you are in the area during the exhibit, definitely stop by and show your support. Until then, you can follow Women Street Photographers on Instagram to keep up with the work and stories for each image.
Lead Image by @efratsela: Tel Aviv Yarkon park, 2017. “From a far distance, I noticed a group of ultra-Orthodox youth. I walked towards them; as I approached, they were next to a big white modernist sculpture. The contrast was beautiful. Two of them were climbing up while the teacher in the background asked them to move on. Luckily, I was there to catch the moment.”