In a society where women are underrepresented in many areas of professional photography – and women of colour even more so – there are many challenges we must contend with. Negative Space: Stories of Women of Colour in Photography the title for the book was inspired by the Japanese concept of Ma, a pause and space to grow and reflect.
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At the beginning of 2021, I began meeting with a diversity of London-based women of colour who work in different roles across the photography industry. Since then, I have interviewed and photographed ten women working as freelance photographers, art directors, photo-agents, and agency directors about their experiences in the industry.
In a society where women are underrepresented in many areas of professional photography – and women of colour even more so – there are many challenges we must contend with. The title for the book was inspired by the Japanese concept of Ma, a pause and space to grow and reflect. I believe there has been progress in representation in the photography industry, but there is still much more space to grow.
Alongside my own portrait photography of each woman, the book features fascinating written narratives about their individual journey through their career, tips and advice for all people navigating a career in photography, and insights into their hopes for the future of the industry.
With your support, I hope to publish Negative Space as a beautiful photo book. The images and words in this book are intended to inspire future generations of diverse women to celebrate the achievements being made towards better representation in the photography industry, whilst also providing a tool for all creatives and organisations to reflect and learn from.
- Printed by a UK-based independent publisher on high quality 100% recycled paper
- 9” x 10” book with soft cover
- Designed by one of the women who features in this book, her beautiful design complements the voice of the women within the stories
- Check out a feature on the book by Creative Lives in Progress.
This project has been self-led and self-funded. Publishing photography books is a very expensive undertaking, where photographers often have to raise funds or contribute substantial amounts in order to pay for printing, design and distribution of the book. I am a self-supported photographer unable to cover all the costs associated with this, so the contributions from this Kickstarter, along with my own savings, will go towards the necessary production costs, which will bring the people within the stories to life.
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