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Firecracker: Women in Photography

Posted by Ryan Watts on 19/01/2012

Now this is a good idea.

Around the world, there are a number of organisations dedicated to addressing the issue of male dominance in the photographic industry. Firecracker – founded by Fiona Rogers of London’s Magnum photographic agency – serves to promote women working in photography across the whole of Europe. Since its foundation in early 2011, it has gained popularity and acclaim, featuring some exceptional work from the continent.

Gems abound in the archive of featured photographers. Firecracker’s inaugural guest, Tessa Bunney, offers us a fascinating perspective on landscape photography, having gone to the effort of researching the human impact upon a variety of landscapes, from China to Vietnam. The photographs are thoughtful, atmospheric, informative and humorous. The square cropping and the focus on the human interest encourages additional attention to detail, at which Bunney evidently excels – have a good look through for yourself.

Bunney was last January’s featured photographer. This January, the website features Maja Daniels’ study of Monette and Mady, Parisian identical twins, which offers us a rare insight into the lives of two inseparable siblings. Again, the attention to detail is exceptional. Daniels’ photographs are also evocative of the atmosphere of Paris, as Monette and Mady are photographed around the city, from street corners to street cafes. Enjoy.

Further information on the Firecracker organisation can be found here and here.


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