New exhibition pays homage to groundswell of feminism; celebrates female self-representation
Subject, Object, Creator: The Female Gaze will be on display in London at Getty Images Gallery from 5th February – 17th March 2018.
Getty Images today announces the launch of Subject, Object, Creator: The Female Gaze, a powerful new exhibition featuring 70 photographs of the female identity shot by women at the cutting edge of creative photography. Celebrating self-representation, the exhibition aims to communicate an honest visual truth about the nature of modern femininity.
The exhibition is a response to the groundswell of feminism which has been slowly and steadily growing for decades to be front and centre of political and social debate today with the #MeToo movement. Showcasing diverse viewpoints on the subject of ‘womanhood’, the curation includes Renaissance-style portraits from Stephanie Nnamani’s stunning ‘Black Victorian’ series alongside conceptual and documentary-style images. Vintage celebrity portraits complement archival images of women in industry during World War 2.
Rebecca Swift, Director of Creative Insight at Getty Images said: “Female photographers have always sought to redefine the manner and styles in which women are visually represented across advertising, film, and other media. How women are depicted is a consistent discourse but how women see women is becoming more pertinent to the debate. Over the last five years, we, at Getty Images, have sought out partners such as Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In Org, Refinery29 and Muslimgirl.com to break harmful stereotypes and evolve the visual language around women.
“Global news events and the resulting conversations means that self-representation has never been more important, so this is a significant and timely exhibition.”
Shawn Waldron, Curator, Getty Images Gallery, said: “It is our aim at the Getty Images Gallery to highlight and make accessible the incredible work of our photographers, partners, contributors and archive. The impressive and thought-provoking work from Getty Images’ female-focused partnerships make for a powerful exhibition, and in light of recent events and the ensuing #MeToo movement could not be more timely. We are proud to host this exhibition and further this important discussion.”
Visitors to the gallery will be able to purchase open edition prints from the exhibition. Please contact the Getty Images Gallery for pricing information.