Art and Photography in the Age of the Fe­male Gaze

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Char­lotte Jansen, Lau­rence King, Hard­cover $29.99 (192pp), 978-1-78067-955-6

The premise here is sim­ple, yet its im­por­tance is im­pos­si­ble to over­state— men gaz­ing at women cre­ates a toxic en­vi­ron­ment, and male pho­tog­ra­phers have al­ways posed their fe­male sub­jects to please men, per­pet­u­at­ing a nar­row ex­pres­sion of fem­i­nin­ity, as well as cor­rupt­ing ideas of what the fe­male body ought to look like. Girl on Girl show­cases the pho­tos of forty fe­male pho­tog­ra­phers as they ex­plore the fe­male gaze. The ac­com­pa­ny­ing in­ter­views (con­ducted by Char­lotte Jansen) cover is­sues like self-im­age, au­then­tic­ity, sex­u­al­ity, fem­i­nism, iden­tity, and see­ing her sub­jects as “un­con­scious re­flec­tions” of her­self, ac­cord­ing to Amer­i­can pho­tog­ra­pher Deanna Tem­ple­ton. In­ter­na­tional in scope and cul­tur­ally di­verse, the pho­tos are of­ten raw and in­tensely in­ti­mate. Most of the sub­jects ex­ude strik­ing con­fi­dence.

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