23 September 2011

Are We There Yet?

Last night I headed out to SVA to hear a panel discussion on the topic of women in photography.  Former New Yorker Magazine visuals editor Elisabeth Biondi moderated the discussion which included writer Lyle Rexer, photographers Martine Fougeron, Lisa Kereszi and Sarah Silver as well as New Yorker photography critic Vince Aletti.

It was interesting to hear how there are many more female photo students and yet there seem to be many more well known male photographers working in the world. It definitely has been my experience that most photo editors are women for example. There are many women gallery and art museum directors as well. As I mentioned earlier in the week, at my first critique class with gallerist Michael Foley, there were eight women and three men.

It was agreed that women have made great progress in the world of photography in recent years but that there is still ground to cover. Many of the panelists mentioned how when they view photography they do not think about gender, it is the quality of the work that matters. In a closing comment in response to an audience member's question, Lisa cautioned against women using their beauty to get ahead in the art world as it will backfire at one point or another she said.

All in all it was a good talk and I sat next to photographer and professor Joseph Maida who answered many of my questions regarding the SVA and Yale MFA programs. Below are a few quick images from the trip back to Brooklyn.

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