Since 2017, Bashkortostan has been born Photographer Gulnara Samoilova was in search of women’s empowerment in women’s photography. He started a small group Instagram Dedicated to their work, but he soon expanded his efforts to include one Website, Travel Travel, Artist’s Accommodation – and now his new book, Female street photographer. Published earlier this month, the book features 100 photographers from 31 countries between the ages of 20 and 70 – both amateur and professional highl.
It cannot be timed more accurately. One year after the lockdown and quarantine, it is a reminder of the previous period Covid-19, When people could go out, meet friends and family and travel without hesitation. Looking at these images right now, they feel intimate-flashbacks to the days before they needed masks and social distance to survive. By bringing to the forefront of the global vaccine rollout they feel like it is to ensure that our previous notion of normalcy is still within reach.
Even in its more mundane moments, Samoilova’s book asks readers to acknowledge the unique challenges these women face. Street photography involves capturing interesting public encounters and a number of details. Although each person has their own unique perspective, all street photography requires a certain amount of courage. These photographers regularly navigate complex interactions with their subjects, some of which are unrealistic. Sometimes they need to be quick and sample, other times patient. But above all, being present is incredibly important. The moment it takes a photographer to remove the cap of their lens, the moment they try to capture it disappears.
As Women Future Month closes, Wired joins Samoilova to discuss her book, created photographs during Covid-19, and why it’s still necessary to highlight the work of female creatives.
The future without the ‘female’ narrator
One day it may be possible for women of all professions, including photography, to stop associating gender with their work. Right now, that’s not the way things are. Becoming a woman is a vast experience depending on where and how you live. In some countries, women still need the permission of their husbands to vote or leave their homes. Even women have the right to compromise in areas where there are still barriers that prevent them from using their talents. In the book Samoilova, Melissa Brecker explains why it was important to include “female” narrators during the discussion featuring street photographers. “Despite this steady increase in the number of women taking cameras around the world, women are still despised in photography and other fields of art. When women are given a platform for their artistic work, it often falls under their written subcategory: ‘female artist,’ rather ‘artist’, “Brecker writes.” Biographical backgrounds are not experienced by their male colleagues in a way that persuades them. However, this recognition with street photographers is not only necessary, but also celebratory; these images were not created to protect any studio, It was not possible for him to take pictures and take place. “