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Happy New Year! Happy Explorations!

Happy New Year to all lovers of fine art photography and modeling!

With each new year, for most of us, come short-lived resolutions, good intentions, and hopefully some new explorations. Our intention for the new year is to learn as much as we can about other female photographers and models working in the field of fine art and encourage you to share your inspirations as well so that we, as women can work to build each other up, recognize and support the enormous talent out there, and learn from each other. We will also be interviewing our members and models in the coming months as a way for us to get to know and draw inspiration from one another. Also look for future invites for virtual networking events while we're waiting for the pandemic to subside, safely at home. We have noticed that quite a number of you are cleaning out closets and book shelves and ridding yourselves of unnecessary clutter. If you haven't done it in awhile, trust us, it truly is a freeing experience. Like hanging onto years of Art in America and Art News magazines from the 90's. No one seems to want them. They should all be recycled. So before disposing of them we skimmed through them for articles on female fine art photographers. There were just a few issues to review as there was truly not much mention of women in this field in the 90's.

There were articles on the familiar pioneers such as Diane Arbus, Dorothea Lange and Margaret Bourke White, all of whom worked in the predominately male world of documentary, portrait, or photojournalist photography. But there were also some very brief mentions of some whose work we were not as familiar with, such as Cindy Sherman, Jeanne Dunning and Graciela Iturbide.

Cindy Sherman has created her self-portrait photographs by assuming multiple roles as photographer, model, makeup artist, hairdresser, stylist, and wardrobe mistress, using wigs, costumes, makeup, prosthetics, and props. She has altered her self-image, physique and surroundings to create intriguing characters, from film stars to clowns to aging socialites. Jeanne Dunning is a photographer, sculptor and videographer and professor at Northwestern University. Jeanne has created photographs using fruit and body parts to portray both individuality and sexuality. They have been described by Darcie Alexander, the curator of her show at MOMA in the 90's, as "luscious, gorgeous images of enticing, though ambiguous, subject matter. Graciela Iturbide has been most interested in documenting the dignity of women and the contrast of ancient cultural rituals and contemporary life in southern Mexico. She uses photography to try to understand Mexico in its totality, as a combination of indigenous practices, imported and assimilated religious practices, and foreign influences.

What we especially love about learning about other female photographers is that discovering one often leads to another...and another...and yet another. It's like a treasure hunt, uncovering small gems the more we dig. Who do you draw inspiration from? We encourage you to explore and share your favorites with us. And we can't wait to learn and share more about you and your work.

Happy explorations! Happy 2021!

Cindy, Diane and Zinn

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