Five Contemporary Women Photographers

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Today is International Women’s Day and therefore a good day to highlight five contemporary women photographers whose work I love and to follow. Click on their name to go straight to their website.

Kristine Varaksina
Image Copyright Kristine Varaksina

I discovered Kristine just yesterday from the talk she gave at The Photography Show Spring Shoots. Kristine’s aim is to “capture human emotion and the psychological impressions of her subjects”. Her talk was on how she goes about creating and making her images as well as the post-production work she carries out.

Kristine has taught photography at NYFA, New York and California Art Institute, San Francisco. On her talk she shared the following tips for people who wish to create original work.

  1. Your life experiences – what affects you.
  2. Choose a subject that is important to you – if you are not passionate about it you won’t be interested.
  3. Build your visual vocabulary – look at as many images as possible.
  4. Conscious looking – ask, why am I so attracted to this image?
  5. New ways of seeing – learn how to think in a new way, e.g. word association, put things together in new ways.
Julia Fullerton-Batten
Image Copyright Julia Fullerton-Batten

Julia creates cinematic quality photographs to tell her stories. She builds sets, hires models and creates very distinctive and personal work that is beautifully lit and composed – as in the above image from her project Old Father Thames.

Here’s a quote from Julia from the book What Does Photography Mean to You, edited by Grant Scott:

“I’d say it [photography] is the joy that comes from having found a way to express myself and tell the stories I imagine.”

Julia Fullerton-Batten
Nancy Borowick
Image Copyright Nancy Borowick

Nancy is a graduate of the International Centre of Photography (ICP) in New York. Nancy uses her photography to tell stories of “health, struggle and personal relationships”. What I like about Nancy’s work is the obvious personal connection she seems to make with her subjects as exemplified by the above image from her project Single Ladies.

I love this quote from Nancy, again from What Does Photography Mean to You:

“Photography is powerful because it can amplify and empower voices. It can teach people and create empathy.”

Nancy Borowick

Brooke Shaden

Image Copyright Brook Shaden

Brooke is an American fine-art photographer whose passion is storytelling using self-portraits and compositions which she creates using her considerable Photoshop skills. Brooke speaks at conferences and also has a number of online courses which she published through platforms like CreativeLive. Favourite quote from Brook:

“For some reason in our society we are taught that the pursuit of pleasure is futile, or selfish or improbable.”

Brooke Shaden

Like many creatives Brooke is generous in what she gives for free. Here’s a wonderful lecture that she did for CreativeLive, now available on YouTube (via her website).

Amelia Troubridge
Image Copyright Amelia Troubridge

Amelia is a people and portrait and social documentary photographer from the UK. As well as celebrity portraits she also tells stories through her pictures whether they be single images or through her projects and books.

Amelia says of photography:

“When things feel bad or sad, wrong or empty, I’ll use photography to pick me up, and to remind myself of joy, of the power of life. When I look through the lens I am so present, it’s like a drug; it is a very powerful experience.”

Amelia Troubridge

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