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.