The Female in Focus award from 1854 Media and the British Journal of Photography addresses the gender imbalance in photography. Globally, 70-80% of photography students are women, yet they account for only 13-15% of professional photographers. This selection of work demonstrates a tapestry of women’s experiences from around the world
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‘Beauty and greatness do not belong to the gods alone’ (African proverb). Beadwork in hair inspired by beads worn and treasured by the artist as a child growing up in Kenya. There, the more colourful the beads, the more beautiful one’s hair was deemed. Accessorising hair with beads is common in beauty cultures across Africa (Thandiwe Muriu/Female in Focus 21) Continue reading »
Through simple linework, vivid colors and delicate textures, Italian illustrator Giulia Rosa explores modern contemporary life, taboos, and romance. In these illustrations, one may find deep themes of diversity, sexuality, and modernity being discussed in a delicate and visually powerful way. Continue reading »
Based in Paris, Lisa Toffini is an illustrator who is on a mission to “bring colorful magic” into the life of the viewers, through “whimsical visual stories with a strong feminine vibe, boosted by high dishes of enchanting nature”. Continue reading »
Majéon is an artist from Montpellier, in the south of France. Her artistic work revolves around women and highlights the place they hold in our society. They are present in her creations since the beginning. Through the characters she depicts, she talks about the women who “helps us to grow up, the ones who change our lives and leave it a trace”. Continue reading »
We know nothing of the Instagrammer @eme.amala, except that she paints and photographs. Between symbolism and minimalism, the mysterious artist publishes, on her digital gallery, monochrome images where objects, bodies and heavenly landscapes merge. An account that will please the dreamers. Continue reading »
According to Alexander Sherman: “My name is Alexander and for several years I have been showing people that 3d video game erotic can be both beautiful and sensual. Continue reading »
Wonbin Lee (이원빈) is an illustrator living and working in South Korea. In his work he mainly portrays young women in a variety of styles – from classical to anime. One thing I can say is that the portraits are very expressive and stylish. Continue reading »
Natalia Ivanova is a Paris-based Russian photographer and documentary filmmaker who started the Les origines de la beauté (The Ethnic Origins of Beauty) project back in 2012 (previously). In it, she photographs women from various ethnic groups around the globe, highlighting their uniqueness and beauty, and proving what a beautifully diverse world we live in.
Natalia writes that the aim of the project is to ” show the real scale of ethnocultural diversity in a full, systematic and creative way”, as well as to illustrate all distinctive ethnic groups out there. So far, the photographer and her team have took over 250 portraits of women from more than 110 different ethnic groups, and the project looks to be far from over.
Tunisian people, or Tunisians (Arabic: تونسيون Tūnisiyyūn, Tunisian Arabic: توانسة Twensa), are a Maghrebi ethnic group and nation native to Northern Africa, who speak Tunisian (Derja) as their mother tongue in addition to mastering French and/or Arabic, and who share a common Tunisian culture and identity. In addition, a Tunisian diaspora has been established with modern migration, particularly in Western Europe, namely France, Italy, and Germany. Continue reading »
Fashion of the 1960s featured a number of diverse trends. It was a decade that broke many fashion traditions, mirroring social movements during the time. Continue reading »
Meet Relm. Her work is mostly the fantasy themes of fairies and jungles. Her prints and paints will take you to the magical world we all dream of in living surrounded by fairies and mystical creatures. Her medium of painting is watercolors, pencils, ink, and even some oily paints. Continue reading »
Body art is, when you get down to it, a form of storytelling — each piece of ink contributes to a narrative that can encompass a single tattoo, or an entire body. Photographer Reka Nyari explores and subverts traditional ideas of beauty and gender, recontextualizing the aesthetics of sexuality through a female gaze; her “Ink Stories” continues that work via a series of sometimes pointed, sometimes erotic, and always fascinating images of tattooed women and the stories they tell with their bodies. Continue reading »
As we all know, art has always been one of the centre humankind’s interpretations of emotions and perceptions, it keeps us alive and recently, new studies discovered that being creative keeps our well being steady. Between a way of contemplation and a measure of opposition towards social rejections and stereotypes, art is unmistakably a daily inspiration for every single soul. Continue reading »
Serge Marshennikov is a Russian artist born was born in 1971 in Ufa (Bashkiria, USSR). His grandfather was a general manager of a horse breeding company. His father an electric engineer and his mother a pre-school educator. As far as he can remember, Serge was always drawing, painting and sculpting, from any material he could land his hands on. Continue reading »
Gorgeous female portraits by Caio Borém, a talented self-taught photographer, and retoucher currently based in London, England. Caio focuses mainly on portraiture, beauty, and lifestyle photography. Continue reading »
The Civil Rights Movement in the United States fueled the feminist movement as well. Women demanded equal rights in education on the basis that equality for all in education and under the law should include women of all races as well, not just men of all races. Like the fight against systemic racism, the fight against sexism, especially in higher education and the workplace, remains a difficult battle because the idea of the women’s role in the home and as a caretaker was deeply ingrained in United States society. Continue reading »
Gorgeous new portraits by Tatiana Mertsalova, a multi-talented photographer, and artist from Saint Petersburg, Russia. Tatiana specializes in portraiture and beauty photography. Continue reading »
“Blood Mountain” is a sculptural installation featuring a 3-meter high mound of red clothing and apparel. Upon closer inspection t-shirts with feminist slogans like “Girl Power” and “The Future Is Female” can be seen poking through the debris. Fashion items, once hung in pristine department stores, now presented as a giant pile of landfill. Uncannily, this imposing red mass is being exhibited in a former garment factory warehouse, now Grau Projekt, in Melbourne, Australia. Continue reading »
Who Says Girls Can’t Repair Cars? Check Out These Amazing Photographs Of Women Auto Mechanics From The Early 20th Century
Women began finding work when World War I began in 1914; they had to take the jobs of men who had gone to war. A wide range of jobs needed filling. Automotive machines were in large production around this time to supply the United States and other countries with vehicles for war. This was the start of women playing important roles in the automotive industry.
Not all women on the front lines were part of the military though; many were volunteers offering their help to medical services such as the Red Cross. This woman served as an ambulance driver with the Voluntary Aid Detachment, an offshoot of the Red Cross. Unlike most ambulance drivers, though, those who operated the vehicles on the front lines had to know how to repair and service their cars, as you see this woman doing in this image by Ernest Brooks shot in 1916. Continue reading »
A bathroom tray advertisement prompted a slew of tweets from a woman who used dripping sarcasm set the record straight about what a woman’s bathtub time really looks like. Continue reading »
The 1980s can be categorized as a decade of excess. The new generation of young people placed a heavy emphasis on individuality, materialism and consumerism, all of which was reflected in the popular fashions and hairstyles of the time. As usual, the music, television and, for the first time, computer industries played a prominent role in determining what styles and trends took off across the country. Continue reading »
Here below is a cool photo collection that shows sexy models of Autobuff magazine in the mid-1980s. Continue reading »
Isabel Emrich works in an Expressionistic style that straddles both abstraction and figuration. Her brushwork is both strong and fluid – qualities that echo the nature of water, itself. With zeal, Emrich captures the ‘special effects’ water presents to the eye: chaotic refractions in multi-planar space, sparkling light effects, distorted shadows, rippled reflections, etc. – much of it in thick impasto paint, contrasted by passages of smooth vitality. Continue reading »
One of the primary changes of the Edwardian Era included the change in clothes of the women.
A typical Edwardian Woman was very fashion conscious and this era hence brought about remarkable new trends in women’s attire. Curvy hips and fuller low chests were the unique characteristics of this era because they emphasised slim and trim fits. Continue reading »
Jake Hicks is a talented freelance photographer currently based in London, UK. Jake shoots a lot of editorial, fashion and beauty photography. He is trying to keep the art of photography in the camera not just on the screen. Continue reading »
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