5 Young Female Photographers You Need To Know About...
5 Young Female Photographers You Need To Know About, Because They're Going To Be Big
Women have always been a strong and influential part of photography’s history. From Julia Margaret Cameron’s black-and-white portraits of Victorian bohemians to Diane Arbus’s famous pictures of the bizarre and grotesque, we’ve always had a place behind the camera, as well as in front of it.
Nowadays, photographers like Annie Liebowitz, Ellen von Unwerth, and Mary Ellen Mark dominate the big glossies, while artist Cindy Sherman’s photographs are some of the most expensive art in the world. But it’s not all about the establishment. There’s no lower age limit to owning a camera, and some of the hottest up-and-comers on the photography scene are women under 35, snapping everything from war zones to folktale fantasies from all over the world.
What does it take to succeed as a young female photographer? Uldus Bakhtiozina, a 29-year-old Russian photographer whose witty, myth-inspired work has gone viral multiple times, says it’s all about being unique and seeking an antidote to Instagram-style cookie-cutter prettiness. “There are way too many bland, cold, boring fashion and lifestyle photos out there,” she tells Bustle. “My photos try to express something deeper than today’s average trendy photo formula. I make it a point to get away from that. I want to be learning something or feeling something when I’m looking at a photo.”
These five photographers each have something that makes them spark, and they’ve garnered awards and accolades by the bushel for it. They’re all tipped to make it very big — so you can say that you heard it here first. Here are five of photography’s young female stars of tomorrow.
4. Uldus Bakhtiozina
Bakhtiozina, who does both photography and video-based art, was born in 1986 in what’s now called St Petersburg, and her work combines a Tim Walker-esque dreamy quality with some sharply funny takes on Russian folklore and stereotypes. (One of her photographs has a girl dressed as a babushka holding a sign saying VODKA = WATER.)
Her work has been published in Vogue Italy, she had a highly popular TED talk from 2014, and she works for the BBC’s 100 Women project. Her photographers are both beautiful and seriously giggle-worthy — and you’ll hesitate to make any stereotypes about Russian culture ever again.
Author: JR Thorpe