So, I’m perusing my latest issue of Digital PhotoPro, which inexplicably arrives in my mailbox monthly, though I do not subscribe. While I did enjoy the past few months issues, which had some relevant articles that pertained to some public art projects I am thinking about, I have to say the current issue, a “Masters” special fills me with the same dread as those awful Canon ads featuring 10 white men and then a token female. Now, I’m no bra-burner per se, but you may call me a feminist if you want – if your definition of the term means someone who believes in equal rights for women, though I do miss chivalrous attitudes – I have never minded anyone holding the door open for me, and given the state of the oceans today, fish may very well need a bicycles. (that’s a joke people).
Technology has the world a-changing faster than ever before, but yet the world doesn’t really change in some respects. Out of eight Masters of photography, the only master that is a mistress is a recent Brooks graduate pursuing new media. Really? I know, I know, it’s hard to get past the same-old, same-old Mary Ellen Marks, and oft-cited Annie Leibovitzs. But they are out there people, they really are. I’m not asking for some quid pro quo, no affirmative action. I’m just asking you to get out of your broken-record headspace and realize that there are plenty of working Mistresses out there who are also Masters. And that goes for you too Canon, and your horrific ads.
It’s great we have programs like, Women in Photography, Women Photojournalists of Washington, etc etc, but like actresses who call themselves actors, I think we all just want to be recognized as photographers, without the gender modifier. Does it not reinforce my argument that the males in our profession have felt no need to unite and have a Men in Photography group? I live for the day when such a need will arise, and they can all take their drums and go beat them in the woods somewhere together along with their 500 mm lenses. (another joke people).
Who are these Masters? Well deserving, I’m sure:
1. Master of the Timeless Portrait: Dan Winters
2. Master of Architectural Fashion: Richard Reinsdorf
3. Master of Making Everyone Look Good: David La Chapelle
4. Master of Outdoor Lifestyle: Michael DeYoung
5. Master of the New Media: Chase Charvis
6. Master of the New Visual Journalism: Brenda Manookin
Please feel free to leave your choices for a different Master/Mistress below. We know they’re out there, right?
Just went to the Canon Explorers of Light website and out of 62 photographers, about 5 appear to be females (some names are ambiguous). Really? Really? Couldn’t find any info on Nikon, but would be interested to learn. It’s the 21st century people.