Shedding Street Photography’s Male-Dominated Legacy

Women Street Photographers, a new photobook edited by Gulnara Samoilova and published by Prestel shares the work of 100 photographers and the experiences behind their greatest images.

Street Photography, like most photographic genres, has been traditionally male-dominated. In recent years, however, more women are claiming space and offering a dynamic lens. Gulnara Samoilova’s new anthology presents a collection of international approaches from women of all ages, races, ethnicities, creeds, and sexualities.

The book comes as an extension of Samoilova’s @womenstreetphotographers, which took Instagram by storm in 2017 and quickly grew to over 100,000 followers, becoming one of the most influential Instagram feeds.

Images range from the classically “decisive moment” influenced work of photographers like Nina Welch-King and Birka Wiedmaier, to Michelle Groskopf’s flash-blasted slices of everyday life. It even includes fashion-treading images like the cover photo by B Jane Levine. Women Street Photographers’ energy and diversity of style pushes the genre to not only be more inclusive but to shift and shatter the many visual clichés holding it back.

We speak with Samoilova to learn more about why this book is so important right now, in photo history’s male-dominated canon, and in its inspiring future.

These Portraits Balance Art History, Psychology, and Commercial Hues

Photographer Svetlana Jovanovic speaks with The Luupe on her many nuanced influences.

Serbian-born, NYC-based photographer Svetlana Jovanovic’s art-history rich photography toes a close line between fashion editorial and art photo portraiture. Her references range from pre-Raphaelite painting to Louise Bourgeois and Cindy Sherman, using subtle yet deeply psychological light to show her subjects as powerful and commanding yet vulnerably human.

Before immersing herself in photography full time, Jovanovic earned a MA in psychology and worked at the UN. She says this attunes her to work and communicate more deeply with her subjects. This comes out in her close attention to pointed gazes, the nuances in hand and body gestures, and in the psychological implications of patterns and color.

Jovanovic is also one of many artists participating in The Luupe’s inaugural Women’s History Month print sale. You can purchase her work HERE.

We speak with the photographer to learn more about her career and the power of her gaze.

Everyday Realities Woven Beautifully Into Personal and Commercial Photography

Kelly Marshall on the power of personal architecture in commercial, editorial, and fine art photography.

New York-based Kelly Marshall works across fine art, editorial, and commercial photography to visualize how personal belief systems can manifest themselves into our everyday. Essentially – how these structures can design our lives, our homes – the blueprints for which we live.

Marshall’s style is pointed and subtle, using light to communicate the deep, nuanced, and open psychology of her wide breadth of subjects. This ranges from a portrait of Trevor Noah to a bowl of rainbow ice salad photographed for Travel and Leisure.

She’s also in the midst of a long-term personal project Birthing of a Nation, which, in Marshall’s words, is “an afro futuristic account of the history of the reproductive justice movement and the healing arts of Black women since 1619.”

Marshall is a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. Commercial clients include CB2, Pottery Barn, Ebay, T Brand Studio, Architectural Digest, and Bon Appetite Magazine.

Her work has been exhibited at MOAD: The Museum of The African Diaspora, Southern Exposure, PhotoVille & Rush Arts, and she was 2018 Lit List awardee by Authority Collective.

The Luupe speaks with Marshall to learn more about her process and journey.

How to Stay Innovative and Get What You Want as a Commercial Photographer

Luupe photographer Hayley Benoit discusses her career path from art school student to successful commercial photographer.

UK-based photographer Hayley Benoit’s career is constantly evolving. Using her experience attending art school at the prestigious Central Saint Martins art school as a building block, Benoit organically built her roster of client brands from the ground up. These now include Panasonic, Gelfidditch, PIMMS, and Nike. Her work has been exhibited and featured in Telegraph, British Journal of Photography, and The National Portrait Gallery.

While art school was a great tool, Benoit tells The Luupe that her biggest learnings come on the job, through constant research and always pushing herself to keep up with what other photographers are doing, how creative trends are shifting, and prioritizing opportunities that will keep her moving forward.

One of her best mantras: “Don’t wait for someone to teach you how to use Photoshop. Go on YouTube and figure it out yourself, it’s the only way to learn. The more you practice, the more you’ll figure out what you want.”

The Luupe speaks with Benoit to learn more about her career, personal style, and creative business advice for photographers looking to excel and stay fresh.

A New Book Centers and Amplifies BIPOC Art World Visionaries

We Are Here: Visionaries of Color Transforming the Art World features profiles and portraits of 50 artists and art entrepreneurs challenging the art world’s status quo.

In 2012, Jasmin Hernandez launched Gallery Gurls to amplify BIPOC voices in the art world. She participated in panel discussions, profiled and interviewed burgeoning artists of color, centering their influence on art & culture and pushing for a long-overdue balance. And now, she’s translated that fire into a book you need to get.

Hernandez’s We Are Here builds on Gallery Gurls’ energy, profiling some of the most dynamic and influential BIPOC artists and curators working today. It focuses on queer, trans, and nonbinary artists, photographed by Sunny Leerasanthanah and Luupe photographer Jasmine Durhal, with an introductory essay by the legendary Swizz Beatz.

She focuses on a diverse group of artists, collectors, curators, and fashion icons who are making an ongoing impact on art and pop culture. Joeonna Bellorado-Samuels – director at Jack Shainman Gallery and founder of We Buy Gold, for example, appears with her impressive art collection including work from Leslie Hewitt, Hank Willis Thomas, and Kerry James Marshall. Then there are curatorial luminaries like Legacy Russell, whose acclaimed 2020 book Glitch Feminism goes deep into the relationship between technology, art, and gender.

We speak with Hernandez to discuss the important mark this book makes amidst a gallery-shuttering pandemic and a global reckoning on institutional racism which has been no stranger to the art world since day one.