With the occasion of the International Woman’s day today I would like to take a moment and look at some of our favourite female photographers in the UK. In this post i will mainly talk about the photographers that are currently still active. There will be another post where we will talk about Olive Edis, Jane Bown, Christina Broom, Julia Margaret Cameron and so on. All of these are amazing and inspiring women that stepped into the industry at a time where women did not have any rights.
Before we go onto our list, i would just like to mention that this is purely based on style of photography and I would love to promote more female photographers, so if you are reading this and are keen to be featured in our blog posts, feel free to drop us an email.
So let’s go back to our list:
5. Ellen Rogers
Ellen Rogers is a photographer based in London. Her photography is carefully printed and coloured by hand in the darkroom. She confesses that a lot of the work is thematically based in myth, folklore, religion, literature and their marriage to her life. Rogers’ work is a far cry from the digital realm where the work never truly exists and cannot be interacted with so intimately, it begs to be seen in the flesh. To date she has been featured and interviewed in numerous magazines such as i-D magazine, Vice, Tank, Dazed And Confused, British Journal of Photography, The Guardian, Vogue IT, Glamour, Lula; Girl of my dreams, Pheonix Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar China, Grazia IT, Rizzoli Publications and previous clients include fashion designers such as Alice Temperley, Evans, Charlotte Olympia, Piers Atkinson, Sorcha O’Raghallaigh and many more. She is currently working on a project named ’Gnosis’, a series of photographs and essays on iconoclasm in contemporary photography. Her time is separated between making personal work and lecturing on the subject of photography. Ellen studied at Goldsmiths College and finished a master’s degree in photography in 2007.
4. Zana Briski
Zana Briski is an Academy Award-winning director and artist who transports us to unseen worlds through photography, film and design.
Led by passion and intuition, Zana has travelled to over 75 countries. She spent ten years on her project in the brothels of Calcutta where she photographed, filmed and taught photography to the children of prostitutes. Her film BORN INTO BROTHELS, won an Academy Award, an Emmy and 30 other awards. She founded KIDS WITH CAMERAS, a non-profit organization which strives to transform the lives of marginalized children through learning the art of photography.
Zana’s deepest love is the earth and her creatures. Following a dream of a praying mantis, Zana has spent the past ten years photographing and filming insects in the wild. REVERENCE, a traveling exhibit of large-scale photographs, a film and music, inspires wonder and awe by bringing us face to face with insects as individual sentient beings. REVERENCE will travel to city parks around the world, encouraging us to find a more harmonious way to live on the earth.
Zana splits her time between New York City and camping alone in wild places.
3. Denisa Ilie
Denisa is an award winning and internationally published fashion and beauty photographer. She is based in the East of England and London, UK.
Having graduated with a First Class Degree in Photography from Norwich University of the Arts in 2013, Denisa has been developing her photography practice through personal work and client commissions. With clients like Louise Young Cosmetics, The Gallery Haircutters, Dancys, North Polar Bear, Blu Fashion Studios, Lisa Angel and work published in TIMELESS – A Century of Iconic Looks, The Lady Magazine, Smith Journal, Two, Vanilla, Flint, Beyond i am curious to see what Denisa will bring to the table next.
2. Mary McCartney
Mary McCartney is a British photographer born in London in 1969. McCartney’s photography and motion work has focused on discovering rare moments of unguarded, emotionally charged intimacy that offers us a new insight to the subject. Her Work has concentrated on the world of portrait and reportage photography and sprinkled with a personal touch that brings out the great chemistry between Mary and her subjects, an approach echoed in her moving image pieces. She responses to her wide variety of subjects as spontaneously as they are studied, thanks to her distinctive style and talent for encapsulating the inspirations, vulnerability, histories and personalities of her subjects.
Mary McCarntey’s previous exhibitions and publishings include “Off Pointe” – The Royal Opera Museum”, “British Style Observed” – National History Museum, “From Where I Stand” – National Portrait Gallery.
Daisy Walker is a great photographer that i’ve met a couple of years ago when she shot at our studio. Her works focuses on tackling issues of inequality and lack of diversity in the industry, she is also of Women in Fashion which is a feminist non-profit organisation providing women & men in the fashion industry with a platform to discuss issues in order to provoke change.
Tackling issues such as diversity, representation of gender, age discrimination, sexism etc, she aim to create a tangible offline space that
allows the layers of these issues to be explored and shared with the goal of changing
the negative aspects of an industry we love.
Daisy Walker incorporates these themes into her editorial and commercial work. Also she casts a lot of her own work, juggling a mixture of agency and street casting.