BODY by Lotte Van Raalte – An Ode to The Female Body

10.03.2020 | Art , Blog | BY:

Post-production of all images by Dutch Retouch

Within the past 16 months photographer Lotte van Raalte shot 46 women age ranged from 13 to 46 in their most natural forms, which she has compiled into the launch of her first photo book entitled BODY.  The book is a visual documentary of the photographer’s encounters with these women and on a larger scale it is a celebration of individuality, life and the beauty found in both vulnerability and strength throughout the female body and experience. 

“With my photography, I’m always on a quest for candid in-between-moments. It takes genuine interest and care to capture people in their most authentic and free way of being. BODY originally started as research towards the female body. Each time I photographed someone, I was left fascinated, curious and inspired at the same time. I think my fascination with the female body comes from different angles: the fact that women are dominantly sexualised and unrealistically portrayed in the fashion, movie and music industry. The fact that the female body is the carrier of new life, and the tremendous impact that has. And last but not least, the fact that I’m a woman myself, ” the photographer commented. 

The book is currently available for purchase online and will soon see a launch event on the 26th of March Oaxaca Mexico at La Señora Gallery following the local launch event in London a few weeks ago. 

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Playing For Keeps: Molly Matalon & Caroline Tompkins – May 23rd – June 29th

06.05.2019 | Art , Blog , Culture | BY:

Later this month, creative studio Enlarge Your Memories, in partnership with Italian  lens-based bookstore Micacamera will open the doors to an exhibition entitled Playing for Keeps,  featuring the work of American photographers Molly Matalon and Caroline Tompkins.

This exhibition, set to open in the Micacamera space in Milan, will tell the tale of a contemporary woman’s viewpoint of romanticized America. With its infamous patriarchal history, the typical photography that addresses American ‘landscape’ has tendency to only display the postcard values of automobiles, family values and great outdoors.  However, in 2019, the idea of American lives have been expanded on by a wealth of cultural and artistic effort.

Throughout this exhibition Molly Matalon takes on a domestic point of view as she explores the narrative of the housewife. She explores the part of the typical housewife’s world not shown on camera. Portraits of home visitors, palpable sexual tension etc. With the compilation of images, she addresses the freedoms and power plays commonly associated with men in like-environment and in photography. On the other hand, Caroline Tompkins’ work embodies the female YOLO America. It displays a narrative of the fast life, climbing the highest trees, hiking the tallest mountains, getting too close to the fire.

Tompkins’ work denounces gender stereotypes and strives for a reclamation of the pseudo masculine American landscape as she schools her audience on how gratifying it is to live life with the wind blowing through one’s hair. In Playing For Keeps, the photographers explore and update the ideas of humour, sexuality, ownership and power play within today’s contemporary America. 

Image by Caroline Tompkins
Image by Molly Matalon

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Future Feminine

14.01.2018 | Art , Blog , Culture | BY:

A new exhibition at the Fahey/Klein Gallery in Los Angeles brings the evolution of the female gaze to the forefront of the narrative. Aligning an international rostra of women artists, the exhibition celebrates a new era of photography in which the body is examined rather than objectified; observed rather than owned.

Exhibitors include Amanda Charchian, Remy Holwick, creative duo Honey Long & Prue Stent, and Magdalena Wosinska, who together offer an exciting harbinger of the future feminine narrative in photography.

Images span the mystic and mythic to snapshots of the mundane, with Charchian drawing inspiration from psychologist J.A. Lee’s interpretation of Greek philosophy, Prue Stent and Honey Long focussing on powerful juxtapositions of material and colour and Wosinska offering raw, intimate portraits.

The future looks bright, the future is female.

Future Feminine is at Fahey / Klein Gallery from January 18 – February 24, 2018. 

Featured image credit: Amanda Charchian

 

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Points of view

22.02.2011 | Art , Blog | BY:

“€œI have always been fascinated by photography produced by women,” says Damien Poulain, the designer and art director behind POV FEMALE (Oodee), a limited-edition monograph of the work of five London-based female photographers. Future editions will feature female photographers from Paris, Tokyo and New York, each limited to 100 copies (£12) and 20 limited edition bookcases, including signed copies of all five monographs and an archival-quality print from each photographer (£300).

This London issue of POV FEMALE features:

Bronwen Parker-Rhodes

A graduate of the Slade School of Fine Art, Bronwen has made films for Vivienne Westwood and Rihanna, among others.  Her photography is a subjective glimpse into individual lives through routine.  “€˜Through filming I discover a little of the world through someone else’s eyes and hopefully reveal that world to others.”
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Briony Campbell

Briony’€™s photographs seem to intrude on a moment, they take you fully inside.  The Dad Project€™ –  “work in progress and I hope it always will be”€™ – is a photographic journal and coping mechanism for her father’s terminal illness.  Now she launches her achingly personal monograph A Year On€™.
brionycampbell.com

Rasha Kahil

Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Rasha’s photography experiments with the meaning behind the female body: ‘The body becomes a means for investigating displacement, social identity and its manifestation through everyday performance’.  Often exploring the sexualised female body and the gaze, she also deals in self-portraiture to appropriate spaces for herself and for her art.
rashakahil.com

Charlotte Player

Gypsy Gold is a photographic documentation of the relationship between gypsies and their horses.  The proud bond that even the youngest of the community display is testament to their traditional rituals and provides a fascination for Player and a leitmotif for her work.
charlotteplayer.com

Tara Darby

Tara is a prolific and interdisciplinary photographer: she has worked for Aubin and Wills, Levis, Timberland, Adidas, among others, contributed to such publications as AnOther, Vogue, W magazine, The Independent and has collaborated on two books with art director David James.  The common denominator is her personal approach that imbues her images with warmth and hope.
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POV FEMALE is at KK Outlet, 42 Hoxton Square, London
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