Jenny Smets: Overshadowed or overlooked?

https://witness.worldpressphoto.org/overshadowed-or-overlooked-1d78187fe881

“Although there seems to be more focus on the gender disparity issue lately—some are even cynically saying it’s a fashionable trend to talk about gender and diversity—the fact remains that women are less represented and less awarded in the profession of visual journalism….”

Links:

  • Women Photograph – “an initiative that launched in 2017 to elevate the voices of female visual journalists.”
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On This Day & Month of Women’s Equality, Women’s History and Women’s Rights

March has been declared Women’s History Month, celebrated in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States, while International Women’s Day is celebrated on 8th March. In Sydney, International Women’s Day is commemorated with the Sydney International Women’s Day March and Rally in Hyde Park, held this year on Saturday 11th March between 10am and 12noon.

Female photographers at the Women’s March in Sydney, January 2017

Women's March, Sydney, January 21 2017

Women's March, Sydney, January 21 2017

Women's March, Sydney, January 21 2017

I will be there this Saturday and attended the event last year, photographing the gathering and march from Hyde Park down Macquairie Street with my trusty Fujifilm Finepix X100. The day was hot and bright, while this Saturday may be dark, cold and wet.

Meanwhile, Time magazine has published Women in Photography: 34 Voices From Around the World, noting that “March is Women’s History Month and in the current political and social climate, it’s never been more critical for us to have a woman’s visual perspective.”

There are no Australian female photographers in Time‘s list of “34 women photographers to follow right now”. Grrr.

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Tech Notes:

Header image created from a photograph made with a Fujifilm Finepix X100 then processed with Alien Skin Exposure X2 using a Calotype printing process preset.

SheDoc Australian Documentary Filmmaking Initiative for Women as Relevant as Ever

Social media has a habit of recycling old news as if it were new news, so little surprise that SheDoc, the joint initiative between Screen NSW and the Documentary Australia Foundation, has appeared on news feeds just as its applications deadline of March 1st looms. 

SheDoc was launched in November 2016 and is a joint initiative of Documentary Australia Foundation and Screen NSW with the support of Røde Microphones.

This initiative is not before its time, given I have witnessed and experienced discrimination for being the wrong person from the wrong side of the tracks for decades now. With luck, female documentary moviemakers who have been unable to break through the glass ceiling may begin to start seeing some cracks appear.

SheDoc’s aim is to give 4 grants per year to:

  • Encourage new voices.
  • Enable skills to be consolidated or developed.
  • Assist projects to be kickstarted.
  • Assist in building strategic audience engagement strategies.

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Image Credits:

Header image concept and design by Carmel D. Morris.

BBC4 ‘Women’s Hour’ Radio Show Discusses Female Cinematographers with Members of Illuminatrix

The episode of BBC4’s long-running Women’s Hour radio show broadcast on Friday 10th February considers the current state of play for female cinematographers. 

As the BAFTAs and the Oscars approach there’s one group of women who’ll still be excluded from the nominations, the cinematographers. They do beautiful work but never get the prizes. Why not?

Indeed.

Jenni speaks to two women who work as cinematographers; Vanessa Whyte, co-founder of Illuminatrix – a collective of female cinematographers and Kate Reid who has worked on shows such as Call the Midwife and Uncle.

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Photography Industry Gender Equality Inches Forward with Fujifilm Camera Videos Featuring Female Photographers

Congratulations to Fujifilm for adding six videos featuring female photographers using the newly announced Fujifilm GFX 50S, Fujifilm X100F and Fujifilm X-T20 cameras.

Gender inequality and female invisibility otherwise continue to be rife within all aspects of the photographic and movie industries and one of the most important ways of combatting this is with female visibility.

As the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media says in its excellent motto, “If she can see it, she can be it.”

By extension, if females see other females shooting photographs and making movies, then we may well assume that we, too, stand a chance of doing it ourselves, of making it in the creative and media industries, and even of being featured in industry PR and advertising campaigns as Fujifilm has done.

Take a look at the low percentage of female photographers featured as photography and movie industry brand ambassadors and the many articles written about gender inequality in the movie industry in particular.

It can be just as mediocre in photography and the other media and creative industries.

This tendency must be reversed with conscious efforts by industry manufacturers as well as employers and clients.

Thank you, Fujifilm, for recently adding six women to your GFX Challenges, X100F and X-T20 video series. More, please, and please add more women to your X-Photographers ranks, especially in Australia.

The Six Videos:

Fuji Guys Channel –Karen Hutton and the X-T20 in California (USA)

Fuji Guys Channel – Valerie Jardin and the X100F in Minneapolis (USA)

FUJIFILMglobal – GFX challenges with Claire Rosen / FUJIFILM

FUJIFILMglobal – X-T20: Elke Vogelsang x Dogs / FUJIFILM

FUJIFILMglobal – X-T20: Saraya Cortaville x Portrait/ FUJIFILM

FUJIFILMglobal – GFX challenges with Victoria Wright/ FUJIFILM

Image Credits:

Header aka featured image created for this website in Photoshop by Carmel D. Morris. Product photographs courtesy of Fujifilm.