Six Up-And-Coming Photographers Creating Change With Their Lens

Every time we open our Instagram we discover a new photographer working the lens like we’ve never seen before. With a distinct aesthetic of their own, each of these photographers is as empowering as the next but there is one thing they all have in common: they are young and they are women. Oh, and they are crazy talented, obviously. There is no doubt that for the past few years there has been an powerful force of young female photographers making waves in the industry. The list of talents we could name is endless. Seriously, we would be gushing for days. But there are six female photographers we are currently crushing on that each have their own unique perspective not just on that buzzy term “female gaze” but on the female experience.  From exposing modern femininity to giving a voice to marginalized identities, these photographers are creating a change through the power of imagery.

 

AMANDA CHARCHIAN

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Female nudity is something Los Angeles-based photographer Amanda Charchian never shies away from, in fact, she regularly encourages it. Her most indepth project, Pheromone Hotbox – a book of photographs spanning from her creative adventures from 2012 to 2015 – celebrates the female form, femininity and sensuality. Featuring 28 female contemporary artists that are both her friends and her muses, the book gives a voice to each one of them. In an industry where female nudity is often exploited, Amanda’s art does just the opposite. It sheds light on the reality of modern femininity and how unique each woman’s perception and connection is to it. Amanda’s brilliant combination of fine arts and photography will have you hypnotized.

To learn more about Amanda, visit amandacharchian.com and follow @amanda_charchian.

 

SAMRA HABIB

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We wouldn’t be surprised if you have heard about Samra Habib and her ongoing photo documentary project Just me and Allah. It has received praise from a ton of big names such as Vanity Fair, The Guardian and BBC. This Toronto-based creative (writer, editor, videographer and photographer) has been bringing to light the struggles and complex experiences of queer Muslims since 2014. Through photography and interviews, Samra has created a community of acceptance and support. Her photographs tell the stories of individuals from all around the world who would often be underserved by mainstream media. Her ability to capture one’s emotion, knowledge and beauty in one snap is inspiring, to say the least. Samra’s images are both empowering and informative, and pretty damn stylish too.

To learn more about Samra, visit cargocollective.com/samrahabib and follow @samra.habib.

 

DANIELA VESCO

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You’ve probably already regrammed or retweeted one of Daniela Vesco’s photographs unknowingly. Well, it’s time to change that. Born in Costa Rica, Daniela has always had a love for the arts. Pursuing photography accelerated when she moved to New York and worked for notable studios such as Richard Corman’s. But it is her current job as the digital design manager at Parkwood Entertainment (yes, that is Beyonce’s company) that led her to her most recent claim to fame. Daniela is the talent behind Beyonce’s fan favorite pregnancy photos (plus many other photos of B – she was by her side the whole time capturing her Formation tour). Aside from the fact these photos are of the Queen B herself, they are strikingly powerful. Daniela’s ability to capture movement and strength (underwater!) is surreal. She is also an expert at motion photography which is a whole other ballgame to praise. Now that the cat is out of the bag we can guarantee this is one photographer to watch.

To learn more about Daniela, visit danielavesco.com and follow @danielavesco.

KRISTIINA WILSON

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Kristiina Wilson (the talent behind our Working Girl-inspired spring editorial) likes to celebrate life through her photography. But, she also loves to poke fun at it and all the everyday weirdness that people create themselves. The result? A perfectly peculiar aesthetic that as she says “could most easily be described as absurd.” Kristiina was given her first camera (a Brownie Hawkeye) when she was five years old. Ever since then she has been fascinated with taking people’s pictures. After a life of high school photography class, darkroom days, and a college BFA and MFA in photography, she now lives and works in New York City. Pushing boundaries and capturing the so-called unusual is the norm for Kristiina’s photography. Recently, she and photographer Logan Jackson, created an online space, You Do You, for people across the identity spectrum. It’s an non-profit, collaborative platform for people of all genders, sizes, ages, colors, and abilities. Her foundation shows the world that fashion should be inclusive and that it in fact it fits on every body. Let’s just say, you best keep an eye out for Kristiina because she is a serious force behind driving positive change in the industry.

To learn more about Kristiina, visit kristiinawilson.com and follow @kristiinawilson.

 

AMANDA JASNOWSKI PASCUAL

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“Be good, try hard, have fun.” This is the motto of photographer Amanda Jasnowski Pascual. Born in Spain, raised in Ohio, Amanda moved herself to Brooklyn, New York in 2012 to pursue her love for photography. In a city filled with creatives, Amanda has made her mark. The moment we laid eyes on her work we fell under her technicolor dreamcoat spell. To say Amanda is an expert at playing with color is an understatement. Her vibrant photography is playful and intoxicating. With an array of textures, focus on natural light, and exploration of movement, Amanda captures true beauty in every image. Her aesthetically pleasing photographs encapsulate her strong belief in the therapeutic power of art and her aspiration for people to see the beauty in life is, in our books, completely accomplished. Plus, she has worked with some of our favorite designers, like Caron Callahan, Samantha Pleet and Pansy Co., to name a few.

To learn more about Amanda, visit amandajas.com and follow @amandajasnowski.

 

CHLOE HORSEMAN

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New York photographer Chloe Horseman is a genius at playing with movement, body and color. Just like most photographers do, she got into the game by being inspired by another: her father. Back in their small hometown in Georgia, he would take photos of people and sell them for $50 bucks a roll. “It always intrigued me that people would pay for another’s eye. I think my eye for things is still very much inspired by my father.” At only 19 years old, Chloe is strutting her stuff with a creative edge like we’ve never seen before. Her eye is strong and her heart is determined. “When I see something I like, I can’t let go of it. My mind takes it to set. It feels as if I have a superpower – this ability to shoot things in a way others cannot see.” We couldn’t agree more. Chloe’s photography has that superhero quality, that’s both comforting and daring. But don’t just take our word for it. Chloe has worked with some of our favorite boutiques and designers like The Drive New York and Rachel Comey, plus one of our style muses, Reese Blutstein.

To learn more about Chloe, visit chloehorseman.com and follow @chloehorseman

Stylist for above photos: Phoenix Johnson

GRL PWR: Women We Love

On Saturday, January 21st in Washington, DC, and across North America, an incredible event of solidarity is set to take place. In honor and admiration of the Women’s March, we’ve rounded up some seriously amazing women and organizations that we want you to know about (if you don’t already). From activists to designers to artists, women all over the world are affecting change, big and small. Every single effort and voice counts and we are lucky to be working with so many rad ladies in our community. We’re proud of the word community too, and of the mutual admiration and support for one another we witness and take part in every single day. Below are three designers, four organizations and two influential women we should all be following this year. Get to know them now.

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THE LABELS

 

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Brooklyn brand UNIFORME makes simple, beautiful garments that are seasonless and easy to wear. They do amazing things on the regular such as this limited edition Anderson Tee embroidered with a tonal PP monogram. Now, of course this is not your ordinary t-shirt. When you buy this tee the net proceeds will be donated to Planned Parenthood. Plus, UNIFORME has designed the piece as a structured, feminine interpretation of your closet staple so you can feel good while doing good.

Buy the tee here.

KNOBBLY X LAURIE FRANCK

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Gittit Szwarc is the designer behind Knobbly, a multidisciplinary studio focusing on jewelry and artists collaborations. Her recent collaboration is with photographer and handpoke tattoo artist Laurie Franck. In all of Laurie’s work, across mediums, the naked body is at the center of her art: alone, in love, sexual, or abstract. Her use of fragile lines deconstructs the human shape; reminding us that it’s this body that connects us to ourselves, and above all, connects us to each other. This rad collaboration tee depicts the female body in an abstract form and is made in Tel Aviv and printed in the Knobbly studio by their team.

Buy the tee here.

BETH RICHARDS

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Designer Beth Richards is known for her functional yet luxurious swimwear. Doing something a little different (and amazing), she has designed this simple white tee with a black censor bar across the chest. Beth states, “The censor graphic was created for my debut collection in 2012 for the Girl with a Rebel Heart. Hard to believe today it still resonates almost moreso iconic”. In conjunction with the Gloria Steinem Foundation this tee aims to bring together women in solidarity. All proceeds of the sale will go towards the betterment of women’s lives and progressing women’s rights around the world on the quest for equality.

Buy the tee here.

THE ORGANIZATIONS

 

THE WING

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New York’s The Wing is a home base for women: a work and social space designed for convenience and connection. Generated by the fact that taking up space can be a profound act in a society where men have the power and prestige, The Wing’s rules are all written by women. It’s a place for women to work, communicate and relax in a non-threatening atmosphere. An offline destination for women to build essential relationships, hatch plans and really… run the world together.

Learn more about The Wing here.

 PLANNED PARENTHOOD

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October 2016 marked Planned Parenthood’s 100 year strong. Today, it is a trusted health care provider, an informed educator, a passionate advocate, and a global partner helping similar organizations around the world. They deliver vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men and youth worldwide. With the heart of Planned Parenthood in the local community, they currently have 57 unique, locally governed affiliates nationwide that operate approximately 650 health centers. Let’s keep this number growing.

Get involved here.

GIRLS OF NEW YORK

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Girls of New York was created by Nicole Zivkovic and Miki Nakano (above) in August 2014. They started their movement as a social media initiative to raise awareness of girl’s issues, combat stereotypes and micro-aggressions, and ultimately inspire and empower other girls to share their stories. They interview, photograph, and post pictures of women and their allies in an effort to portray the diverse array of people they meet in New York. Through this they spark conversations about the pertinent issues that affect the lives of each and every person they met, and spread awareness of what goes on in our world especially what impacts girls and women. We couldn’t think of a better way to use the power of social media.

Get to know Girls of New York and follow the GONY Movement here.

MS. FOUNDATION

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Ms. Foundation works to bring attention to the real challenges facing women, especially women of color and low-income women who are living in poverty, working paycheck to paycheck or both. They work day in and day out to advocate for national and statewide policy change that will address these challenges while supporting over 100 organizations throughout the United States that are working for change on a grassroots level. They fight with fuel coming from that fact that for every woman who has reached the “top” there are millions of women struggling to earn a living wage, gain access to basic health care, secure affordable child care and participate in the opportunities that should be available to every person.

Support the collective here.

 

WOMEN TO FOLLOW

 

GRETCHEN JONES

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Gretchen Jones currently lives Portland and is a Executive MBA (Fashion) candidate at the University of the Arts London – London College of Fashion, seeking to extend her creative influence beyond collection design. She is a visual artist whose passion has always been rooted in being an advocate for sustainable business practices, especially within the fashion industry. She uses her voice and her Instagram as a platform to speak out about women’s issues, express her experiences and feelings and really start a conversation.

I believe we can utilize social media for its potential to bring us together, not tear us apart. This is a critical time in our history, for ourselves and our families and our friends AND the next generation. Being responsible, activated/engaged and enjoying the ride of life (and our social platforms) doesn’t have to be mutually exclusive. But that’s up to each of us individually. Are we ready to challenge ourselves to think beyond each post and back into reality? I sure hope so. We certainly need to be.” 

Follow Gretchen Jones here.

JODY ROGAC

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Jody Rogac was in born in England, and raised in Vancouver, BC. She currently lives and works in New York as a photographer. Whether it’s a portrait or a fashion shoot, she loves to photograph people. Jody works closely with her subjects in order to capture them as simply as possible, in their most natural moment. Her work often includes photographing the beautiful faces of powerful women such as Jemima Kirke, Liv Tyler, Petra Collins and Erykah Badu. With uncomplicated styling, choice of subject and ever-perfect composition, Jody brings to light the intelligence and strong-willed natural beauty within every woman she photographs. Her work is thoughtful, raw and truly stunning.

“Photographing women in particular wasn’t something I set out to do, it just happened naturally. I also love to photograph men, and subjects of all kinds. I do however love to photograph women in a thoughtful manner, and show off the strength in them.”

Follow Jody Rogac here.

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