I first came across this book Girl on Girl: Art and Photography in the Age of the Female Gaze by Charlotte Jansen from an article on the CNN website.
For those of you who have not yet opened the link, the article is an edited version of the introduction from the book. As soon as I finished reading it I immediately placed a click and collect order from Waterstones which I picked up today. So, I haven’t had the book long and this is just a first look.
The book is a showcase of 40 photographers/artists in which Jansen does a one page review on each which is also accompanied by a selection of their work. It is provocative, clever and with a wide cross section of differing approaches to the subject is thought provoking.
What I have looked at so far has made me consider what my views and assumptions are on how women are seen in Western modern society.
It is rare to see a book like this. When I started this project, I was heavily influenced by work that was made for and by the Male Gaze. With some much of it around it is not that surprising. It takes effort and a willingness to search for that alternative view and this book is a good place to start.