Up for Discussion – Men and Women in Photography
When I was writing posts for that other blog I had wanted to do a post on this subject, but at the time they thought it might not work with what they were doing. I have been thinking about it for a while and decided that I might do it for one of these posts, open it up for discussion. This is not a discussion about whether men or women are better photographers, I think we have proven time and time again that gender has nothing to do with it, I am more interested in bigger picture and how the world perceives Women photographers and Men Photographers.
They have been saying for a very long time it is a mans world, and I thought things had changed, but I keep hearing how women still aren’t paid the same, that women still get treated differently. I don’t know how true it is, I have always gone through life thinking I can do anything if I really want to, well almost anything. Of course I can’t be the Queen of England, I will never be a famous movie star, and I will never fly to the moon, they are just not something that is possible. Instead I concentrate on realistic goals, those for me are being the best photographer I can be and making my blog a great place for people to visit. I don’t think being a woman stops me from that.
Recently I heard that there are more women doing photography than men, especially new people coming into photography. Yet, when you look at the world of professional photography it is still very much dominated by men. Part of the thinking behind this post came when I was going through Nikon’s website, as you do and I found a page of Photographers, Professional Insights, and they list a whole heap of photographers, but out of the 20 listed, only 2 of them are women. I was shocked. I thought if there are more women doing photography now, then why do Nikon only represent it like it is 10%? Of course, that could just be Nikon and maybe that is how they think about the world.
Then I saw this from Canon and their ambassadors, see if you can spot the women in the big picture.
It seems that there is a perception that men do all the really cool stuff, you know like Landscape photography, architecture, while the women do all the portraits, babies and weddings. You really don’t hear of men photographing babies, unless it is their own. So while I think there is a place for women in photography, have we been pigeon holed as only able to do certain things?
My questions today are more about perceptions. When you think of Women Photography what sort of photography comes to mind? Why do you think Professional Organisations still have more men represented than women? Tell me your gender and what sort of photography you like doing? Do you find it a struggle to achieve what you want?
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I will approve them, as long as they are nice and not nasty in any way.
Feel free to respond or reply to other comments. It would be good to generate some discussion.