A New Photography Book Spotlights the Female Gaze

Blue Gaze, 2014, by Johanna Strickland. Photo: Courtesy of Johanna Strickland

In her new book Girl on Girl: Art and Photography in the Age of the Female Gaze, the London-based art critic and curator Charlotte Jansen spotlights 40 women who photograph other women or themselves. She selected artists from 17 countries, aiming to feature photographers who challenge commonly held notions of femininity, sexuality, and beauty in their work. They include Zanele Muholi, an International Center of Photography Award winner who photographs black lesbian and trans communities in South Africa; Lilia Li-Mi-Yan, who took her camera to Armenia’s only women’s prison; and Alexandra Marzella, a provocative performance artist.

“We have never seen so many images created by and for women, and I think that deserves a lot of critical attention and deeper reflection,” Jansen said. “It’s through photography that misogynist and limited ideas about the female body have been fermented in the last century. It’s about time we started deferring to the female gaze.” Click ahead for a preview of Girl on Girl’s featured photographers and their work, including Petra Collins and Juno Calypso. The book comes out April 16 from Laurence King Publishing.

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Zanele Muholi 

Zinzi and Tozama II Mowbray, 2010.

Lalla Essaydi

Harem Revisited #32, 2012-13.

Izumi Miyazaki 

Cloud 1, 2014.

Juno Calypso 

12 Reasons You’re Tired All the Time, 2013.

Nakeya Brown 

Hair Stories Untold, 2014.

Johanna Strickland

Blue Gaze, 2014.

Shae Detar

Most Imperfectly, 2014.

Petra Collins

Untitled #23 (Selfie), 2013-16.

Petra Collins 

Untitled #25 (24 Hour Psycho), 2016.

A New Photography Book Spotlights the Female Gaze