100 Visions of Fatherhood

A collection of photographs by women and non-binary photographers exploring the many layers of fatherhood, curated by The Luupe. 

For many of us, Father’s Day is a joyful time to express love for our dads. For being there, listening, and having our backs. For others – those who grew up without a dad, experienced loss, or endured difficult relationships, it’s complicated. And as notions of masculinity continue to evolve, Father’s Day is an opportunity to reimagine the potential of what it means to be a dad.

Acknowledging its many angles, as we did for mother’s day, we invited our community  to share their stories of fatherhood through joy, love, and the many grays. Thanks for looking.

A New Photo Series Celebrates People of Marginalized Genders in NYC’s Music Scene

New York City photographer Rachel Cabitt’s portraits highlight inequity in the music industry, and the potential for change.

In 2019, responding to a rise in public reports of misogyny and gender discrimination in the music industry, photographer Rachel Cabitt began Positions of Power, an ongoing series of portraits of people of marginalized genders in leadership roles in New York City’s music scene. From owners to managers, directors, and bookers, Cabitt’s portraits focus on their presence – and often vulnerability. Positions of Power is in an attempt to show their power despite their limited numbers.

Cabitt photographs with a large-format camera, often from a distance, with a spotlight and soft focus to highlight the tension between power and isolation. Her portraits illuminate those who are statistically at the highest risk to experience assault and toxic behavior within venues but have the power to stop it. Ultimately, she poses the question: “could strength in numbers do more to create change?”

We speak with Cabitt to learn more about the series and its evolution through the pandemic.

A Dreamy Photographic Reclamation of Harmony, Power and Gaze

Carlota Guerrero’s groundbreaking new book Tengo un dragón dentro del corazón, published by Prestel, presents a dreamlike utopia where women reign, collaborate and celebrate their power.

Hovering somewhere between fashion, straightforward portraiture, and performance art, Carlota Guerrero’s photography is a place for connection, unity, and communication. The artist’s monograph, which moves into new heights and layers since her iconic 2016 portrait of Solange, is a vast testament to female empowerment and togetherness. She staged and photographed a 30-person performance at Art Basel in Miami Beach, documented the transgender community in Cuba, and even recreated Matisse’s famous “The Dance” painting as a photograph, reclaiming the gaze from a woman’s lens.

We recently spoke with Guerrero to learn about her inspirations, career, experience collaborating with Solange, and more…

How to Create a Successful Photo Career with Social Impact

The Luupe speaks with photographer and activist Carmen Chan about her bi-coastal photography career and the importance of mentorship and creative transparency.

Carmen Chan has dedicated her career to building an inclusive future for underrepresented photographers and communities. Starting in Los Angeles, then moving to Hong Kong, New York, and recently returning to Los Angeles, Chan has a rich experience photographing for brands like Puma, Tom Ford, J. Crew. She also regularly works with editorial clients like Wallpaper, Monocle, WWD, and the New York Times.

Chan’s unrestrained, casual approach to photographing people and interiors helps her clients maintain a sense of authenticity. She’s a master of making light, whether it’s natural, or photographed in a studio with strobes, look like it barely exists. Earlier this year, she created fckgatekeping, a new platform that helps remove the mystery of success for up-and-coming photographers through mentorships and other helpful tools.

We speak with Chan to learn more about her work, her activism, and her dedication to helping artists build an equitable future.

Open Call: Women Photographing Fatherhood

The Luupe is hosting an open call for an online group show of women and non-binary photographers visualizing fatherhood.

Fatherhood is evolving, beautiful, and often complicated. We want to see your visions of it.

Show us your memories of your dad: a portrait of him or a self-portrait with him. A symbolic still-life, an old family snapshot, or an abstract nod.

If you grew up without a father figure (and you’re comfortable sharing,) how did that shape your ideas of fatherhood as you came of age?

Show us your visions of any form or idea of fatherhood (editors note: this does not just have to be images representing your own dad, it can be any concept of fatherhood) through joy, grief, care, and everything in between. Images that break from traditional and heteronormative perspectives are highly encouraged.

This call is open to women and non-binary photographers. Looking for inspiration? Check out 100 Visions of Motherhood.

Submission guidelines: