The Female Gaze | Two Publications Celebrating Photography by Women

Published between 2011 and 2015, POV Female (oodee) has promoted the work of women photographers from around the globe. Standing for Point Of View, the series of books zooms in on five photographers from selected cities – London, Tokyo, Johannesburg, Bogotá, and Beirut – and showcases self-initiated, previously unpublished work.

A History of Women Photographers (Abbeville Press)¬†‚Äì by Naomi Rosenblum ‚Äì is a comprehensive, illustrated overview of the history of female¬†photographers. The book looks at women’s unique relationship with the camera since its rise¬†in the mid-nineteenth century. While women have always been studied as subjects, A History of Women Photographers focuses on the lesser known, lesser studied women behind the lens, and their¬†invaluable¬†contribution to the art.

What follows is a selection of images chosen from across the POV Female books, which have previously only been published as independent from one another, in dialogue with an excerpt from Rosenblum’s 3rd edition of A History of Women Photographers, updated in response to the expansion of photography in the 21st century.


“This book, first published in 1994 and then updated and expanded in 2000, was produced in response to the need for information about women photographers that had emerged during the feminist interrogations of the last several decades of the twentieth century.¬†Questions about women’s contributions to the visual arts, about their visibility, and about the economic realities of their professional lives (particularly in the industrialised West) called for answers or, at the very least, explications. […] With the passage of time a number of these issues appear to have become less pressing…”

“…while men still are the predominant¬†practitioners¬†of photography as a means of livelihood (and still often earn more than women doing equal work), a significant development during the past decade has been the spread of photography by women living in places and situations where formerly the medium has been a mainly male prerogative. […] Some women are motivated by their desire to comment on feminist and/or political issues, others by a need to explore personal feelings, and still others by an urge simply to investigate how the camera lens distills the scene it confronts. […] The growth of female interest in using the camera as a visual tool has been¬†immensely¬†aided by the spread of digital technology, both in the processing of images and in their dispersal to viewers on a global scale. Digital means have made work by women in such widely¬†separated¬†places as the American West, Japan, Iran, and South Africa, to¬†name just a few, not only simpler for them to achieve but, more importantly, greatly more visible.”

“…those previously mentioned in this survey of women’s work do not adequately cover the full extent and extraordinary diversity of women’s contributions to photography today. They are meant to suggest the ways in which the field has expanded to include women from heretofore less developed communities and to investigate some of the strategies that women everywhere have employed in order to make visible and compelling their concerns about the world we all inhabit. That this ‘world’ still regards women as unequal to men – more so in some places than in others – remains a fact of life and undergirds many of the images.”


Guadalupe Ruiz

Guadalupe Ruiz, POV Female Bogota

Rasha Kahil, POV Female London | Mirai Hara, POV Female Tokyo

Estefania Gonzalez

Estefanía González, POV Female Bogota

Randa Mirza

Randa Mirza, POV Female Beirut

Caroline Tabet, POV Female Beirut | Lisa King, POV Female Johannesburg

Mari Kojima

Mari Kojima, POV Female Tokyo

Kasane Nogawa, POV Female Tokyo | Guadalupe Ruiz, POV Female Bogota

Guadalupe Ruiz

Guadalupe Ruiz, POV Female Bogota

Estefania Gonzalez

Estefanía González, POV Female Bogota

Charlotte Player, POV Female London | Karen Paulina Biswell, POV Female Bogota

Ayla Hibri

Ayla Hibri, POV Female Beirut

Dean Hutton

Dean Hutton, POV Female Johannesburg

Dean Hutton, POV Female Johannesburg | Charlotte Player, POV Female London

Karen Paulina Biswell, POV Female Bogota | Lisa King, POV Female Johannesburg 

Alexia Webster

Alexia Webster, POV Female Johannesburg


To view each photo series in its original context visit
Special thanks to Naomi Rosenblum, Abbeville Press and Damien Poulain, Founder of oodee.


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