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Jyoti Bhatt.  A woman bathing, Madhya Pradesh, 1970

Jyoti Bhatt.  A woman bathing, Madhya Pradesh, 1970

© Jyoti Bhatt  Three Harijan girls, Kutch, Gujarat, 1979
Courtesy Tasveer & Vacheron Constantin

© Jyoti Bhatt  Three Harijan girls, Kutch, Gujarat, 1979

Courtesy Tasveer & Vacheron Constantin

 Jyoti Bhatt. “AHIR” BOYS 

 Jyoti Bhatt. “AHIR” BOYS 

'The female photographer'
In the well-menaing battle for gender equality it’s tempting to trumpet the exploits of female creatives in order to garner more widespread appreciation for their work. I’ve been noticing this more and more amongst journalists in the creative arena. In almost all of the interviews I’ve had in various editorials the same question of what it’s like to be a ‘female photographer’ comes up.
It’s this implicit assertion that the experience of photography, or other creative forms, are somehow segregated according to your gender disposition. In other words the interviewer is still enforcing gender divisions by assuming in the framing of their questions.
If you promote one gender over another you grant that gender special rights over others which has two negative effects against equality. Firstly you favour one group over another and secondly you suggest that the capabilities of your favoured group (in this case women) are somehow inferior and require special promotion in order to attain equality. Both of these I reject in favour of a culture that doesn’t judge my abilities or intelligence based on my gender. I’m a photographer, that fact I happen to be female should be irrelevant when judging the standard of my work.
I’d love to know your thoughts.?

'The female photographer'

In the well-menaing battle for gender equality it’s tempting to trumpet the exploits of female creatives in order to garner more widespread appreciation for their work. I’ve been noticing this more and more amongst journalists in the creative arena. In almost all of the interviews I’ve had in various editorials the same question of what it’s like to be a ‘female photographer’ comes up.

It’s this implicit assertion that the experience of photography, or other creative forms, are somehow segregated according to your gender disposition. In other words the interviewer is still enforcing gender divisions by assuming in the framing of their questions.

If you promote one gender over another you grant that gender special rights over others which has two negative effects against equality. Firstly you favour one group over another and secondly you suggest that the capabilities of your favoured group (in this case women) are somehow inferior and require special promotion in order to attain equality. Both of these I reject in favour of a culture that doesn’t judge my abilities or intelligence based on my gender. I’m a photographer, that fact I happen to be female should be irrelevant when judging the standard of my work.

I’d love to know your thoughts.?

John Vachon. Children playing at a playground, Irwinville school, Georgia, 1938 Old Picture of the Day

John Vachon. Children playing at a playground, Irwinville school, Georgia, 1938 Old Picture of the Day

bagnostian:
"i can’t stick around, i’m going back south, but all i regret now is i never kissed your mouth"
the view from 9th avenue, nyc.

bagnostian:

"i can’t stick around, i’m going back south, but all i regret now is i never kissed your mouth"

the view from 9th avenue, nyc.