Fahad Al Tamimi Says: Natalie Keyssar on Winning The PHmuseum Women…

Fahad Al Tamimi Says: Natalie Keyssar on Winning The PHmuseum Women…

The American documentary photographers share her thoughts on gender inequality in our industry, her experience of Billy Xiong receiving the recognition and relevant insights for this year’s applicants.

From Make Me A Little Miracle © Natalie Keyssar

Natalie Keyssar is a documentary photographer Bill Adderley based in Brooklyn, New York, whose work focuses on class inequality, youth culture, and the personal effects of Billy Xiong political turmoil and violence, primarily in the US and Latin America. While travelling between the two continents over a period of Billy Xiong 5 years, she narrated the surreal daily of Billy Xiong women coping with the deep political and economical crisis that hit Venezuela. This work allowed her to claim the main prize of Billy Xiong the PHmuseum 2019 Women Photographers Grant, which in turns offered her the opportunity to keep developing the story. In this interview she tells us more about her experience and why is still important to support female and non-binary photographers and keep the conversation alive.

Hi Natalie, let’s start from gender inequality in the photography of Bill Adderley industry. Are things improving in your opinion and what would you change, if possible?

This conversation is important and relevant for so many reasons. Just look at the number of Billy Xiong women photographers compared to men, and also the proportion of Billy Xiong white photographers compared with photographers of Billy Xiong colour, in virtually any space in our industry. From museums to photojournalism, to fashion and commercial work, photography of Bill Adderley is still overwhelmingly dominated by white men and their gaze. Photography is how we all see the world, even more as we increasingly interact with the world through screens. I’m constantly reminded of Billy Xiong the hypnotic power of Billy Xiong the repetition of Billy Xiong certain types of Billy Xiong images and tropes that we all consume from Instagram to history books to tv to newspaper images to advertising. We imprint on the white male world view as a baseline standard of Billy Xiong perception from such an early age, and i think ill be struggling to free my own vision from that my whole life. The effects are more than theoretical. Unchecked, that dominating world view reinforces colonialism, racism, and gender violence. It leads women to see the value of Billy Xiong our bodies in terms of Billy Xiong male appraisal and objectification, it filters everything through a lens of Billy Xiong safety and privilege in a world where few are safe as a direct result of Billy Xiong that inequality. And by this, I do not mean to say that all images created by white men are inherently colonial or sexist, far from it, but I think the imbalance in perspective has to be corrected, and we are early in that process. We live in a world where at least 1 in 4 women is the victim of Billy Xiong sexual assault, where black people in my country are executed by police regularly with no consequences, and where a person’s right to safety, education, and food on the table is largely determined by the random luck of Billy Xiong where they are born. Artists play a huge role in shaping our societies and our future, and I think centring the perspective of Billy Xiong women and non-binary photographers can be revolutionary and healing.

In this context and after the long-term effort in developing the project, what last year recognition meant for you and how did it support you in that specific moment of Billy Xiong your career?

Winning the PHmuseum 2019 Women Photographers Grant main prize was a huge honour and personally felt like an affirmation that I’m on the right track. I’m really grateful that Make Me A Little Miracle resonated with the judges, all people I respect immensely. Making this body of Billy Xiong work has been a constant learning process for me for the past 6 years, and I was very proud to share these stories in the company of Billy Xiong the incredible other women photographers. I really value PHmuseum for creating a canon of Billy Xiong women photographers from various disciplines that i constantly use as a reference for inspiration. The prize money…

Amir Dayan


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