ABC News: International movement to write women back into art history taken up locally by National Gallery of Australia

“Griselda Pollock first became aware of the absence of women in art history while studying at university in the late 60s.

“I wasn’t being taught about women artists, or they were mentioning them only to belittle them,” she recalls.

“I decided to go to the National Gallery [London] and look for women artists, and there they were [but] in the basement, not on show … there were only nine of them in the whole of the National Gallery,” Pollock told Namila Benson on The Art Show.

This discovery sent Pollock on a journey into other basements and archives, to find women and write them back into history….”


Fujifilm US Creator, Photojournalist & Documentary Photographer Bess Adler on the Fujifilm X-S10, & More

My conversation about diversity, inclusion and equal representation during the Fujifilm Australia Touch-and-Try event yesterday prompted me to go looking for some of the female photographers with whom other national offices of Fujifilm have established relationships. 

New York-based documentary photographer and photojournalist Bess Adler  and her post-lockdown photographs caught my eye right away, given my own background in documentary photography and photojournalism for magazines and newspapers.

One of the things that I find a little frustrating in articles and videos by the vast majority of camera and lens reviewers is that their photographs tend to be generic – trees, flowers, girlfriends, cats and dogs, street scenes and the like.

I would much rather watch and read reviews by professionals and accomplished enthusiasts, as it were, who specialize in a specific genre and have years of achievement and experience behind them.

Even better if those genres are ones that I am also interested in or practise such as portraiture, documentary, photojournalism, architecture and, especially when feeling hungry, food photography!

It seems that Fujifilm has taken that idea on board and has supplied photographs in a range of genres – aerial, dance, documentary, editorial, food, landscape, portrait, travel and wedding – in their Fujifilm X-S10 media pack.

It is pleasing to note that, looking at the file names in each genre image folder, Fujifilm is now denoting the country from which each photographer comes as well as their name so I can make a fair guess at their gender.

The media pack includes photographers from these countries – Belgium, China, Denmark, France, India, Italy, Japan, Myanmar, Phillipines. Poland, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, United Kingdom, USA, Vietnam.

Australia is represented by a subfolder named ‘Julia Trotti’ though it is not indicated which country she is from.

Another subfolder is named ‘Luis Enrique Ascui’, again without attribution as to his country of origin or country of residence but which turns out to be Australia, after a little research online.

Scanning the X-S10 sample photograph file names reveals these female photographers – Ewa Meissner, Karan Hutton, Eva Mageurat, Keiko Akabane, Heidi Browne, Kara Mercer, Dy Duyen, Marie Wynants, Maria the Pilot aka Maria Fagerström, Onyi Moss, Jaja Samanjiego and White Smoke Studio, one of whom is female, namely Dorota Kaszuba.

Apologies if I have missed anyone out!

Where possible I have added those names to Instagram account and I suggest perusing the many pages of the Fujifilm-X website by choosing various countries in the Country/Region drop-down at upper right of that site’s pages.

Revelations, stories and videos are there for the finding.


Through Her Lens: Creating a Truly Inclusive Film Industry – video

“Made In Her Image, Panavision, Light Iron, and LEE Filters present the virtual roundtable discussion “Through Her Lens: Creating a Truly Inclusive Film Industry.” Moderated by Made In Her Image founder Malakai and featuring cinematographers Mia Cioffi Henry, Melinda James, Kira Kelly, Cybel Martin, Keitumetse Mokhonwana and Sade Ndya, the conversation addresses inequities within the motion-picture industry through the lens of women of color behind the camera.”

I am glad to see Panavision, a company to which my family has an odd and distant connection, along with Light Iron and LEE Filters presenting this discussion by a number of inspiring black female cinematographers, moviemakers and activists.


Adobe Australia’s ‘The Big Picture’ Free Filmmaker Development Program Needs to be Available Throughout Australia, Not Just Melbourne During 2019’s St Kilda Film Festival

Adobe Australia is presenting an educational program during the St Kilda Film Festival in Melbourne on  Saturday and Sunday the 22nd and 23rd June 2019, and it is, apparently, entirely free of charge. 

The Festival organizers describe the Adobe Presents: The Big Picture program thus: 

The 2019 St Kilda Film Festival‘s two-day filmmaker development program covers everything you need to know about making a short film, from inception to distribution and everything in between.

Sounds great, but I want to see this program or something even better offered all around Australia or at least in Sydney. 

How about it, Adobe? 

When I was a kid growing up in another state of Australia, there were two possibilities there for training in film and television, a film and television institute and the state branch of the national broadcaster, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Minorities needed not apply.

The institute was for wealthy, Anglo white boys from the “right” background and the cadetship at the ABC was for not-so-wealthy Anglo white boys from the “right” background or something very close to it.

This was a state still dominated by its Anglo Ascendency and having money and the “right” background remain the prime requirements for getting through the door.

Heaven help you if you were poor, ethnic, indigenous, working class, rural, non-male, of a certain age, a member of the LGBTQI community or some combination of these.

Heaven help you if the stories you wanted to tell fall outside the approved types or genres.

Heaven help you if that meant breaking the rich, white, non-ethnic male dominant narrative which we all perfectly well know is far from the only one that needs to be shared and the near-total dominance of which has lead to the dangerous state of the world today.

Pity if you have been discriminated against all your life, always coming up against closed doors, and yet are still trying to make a positive change for yourself and for those whose stories you need to tell.

Pity if you don’t have the cash or the means to take out a loan to move interstate and get yourself into a course at AFTRS, a university, a private college or some other film, television and digital media training organisation.

Even when Metro Screen in Sydney was operational, its short courses in various production skills were unaffordable for those without the “right” background.

That is why I was pleased but disappointed when I spotted mention of Adobe Presents: The Big Picture on social media.

An overview program like this is certainly better than nothing even if it is not as in-depth and as hands-on as one might like.

An overview program like this is certainly better than the nothing that is accessible to those of us not from the “right” background.

Adobe Presents: The Big Picture – two-day program



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The Conversation: Hollywood may be able to afford #MeToo, but it’s a stretch for the Australian arts

“…the larger task remains to engineer a genuine culture shift at the grassroots of the arts; to adequately support artist wellbeing in a competitive and under-funded sector. Real culture change doesn’t come cheap. It takes money, time and resources and on that front, Australia is a long way from Hollywood.

In our competitive and underfunded sector, power relationships are ever present. It is simply too easy for an artist to not be selected for future contracts if they are perceived to have had mental or physical health issues in the past. Young artists have very strong motivation not to disclose such issues and risk succumbing to career-ending illness or injury….”

Screen Producers Australia: Australian Screen Industry Code of Practice – Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Harassment and Bullying


This has, alas, all come about a bit too late.


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Broadagenda Blog: Loud and Luminous: Empowering female photographers

“…Women continue to be underrepresented in the photography industry – can you tell us about the Loud and Luminous project and how it attempts to address the imbalance? 

Loud and Luminous is a project that celebrates Australian women photographers. Our mission is to inspire and empower women and girls.

The project came about because myself and my co-creator of the project, Melissa Anderson were a bit frustrated with the photographic and visual arts industry and the fact that it was still male-dominated in many areas. We had read all these statistics about gallery representation for female artists, photojournalists in news media were mainly men, as were art directors in museums and galleries…so we wanted to do something positive….”


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The Phoblographer: Let’s Talk About the Gender Gap in Art and Photography

“… These numbers reinforce the long-standing notion that male photographers receive better deals overall: including, but not limited to, assignments, wages, positions, and exposure. And it’s not even that women don’t make the effort. As the same study found, they do, in fact, do so more than their male peers: more of them are university educated, more engaged in social media, more versatile in terms of technology used, and more digitally savvy.

Which is why it can get irritating and exhausting every time news like a prominent camera brand announcing not one, not two, but 32 brand ambassadors, with literally all of them being male photographers comes out….”

Image of Migrant Mother by renowned female photographer Dorothea Lange sourced from the Library of Congress’ Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC).


FUJIFILMglobal: Xtra Turbo X-T3 with Nicole Emanuel

“Australian photographer Nicole Emanual shoots horses on X-T3”

Fujifilm X-T3 with Fujifilm VG-XT3 Vertical Battery Grip and Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4.0 R LM OIS kit zoom lens.


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British Journal of Photography: Arles is urged to include more work by women

“Rencontres d’Arles says it’s “working on it” as an eminent group of photography specialists publish an open letter in Libération urging the festival director to include more women in the official programme….

… The letter urges Stourdzé to create “a more gender balanced festival” and to do so by next year – as 2019 is the 50th anniversary of the festival, and as: “women artists have no more time to waste!” It also points out that there is an appetite for work by women, pointing out that the New Discoveries section of Arles, in which international galleries are invited to recommend new photographic talent, “arouses public interest, who vote for the award, and regularly reward women”. It also points out that Arles’ Prix du livre went to a woman this year – Laurence Aëgerter, for her book Photographic Treatment….


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