August 1, 2018

Groundbreaking Women Street Photographers Exhibition - MUST SEE

Image taken by Kirsty Greenland
Groundbreaking exhibit of women street photographers to open at El Barrio's Artspace PS109 in New York City.

The work of 75 women street photographers from around the world will be on display at El Barrio’s Artspace PS109. Curated by the Pulitzer Prize nominated photographer Gulnara Samoilova, the exhibit is a companion project of the WomenStreetPhotographers Instagram page, of which Samoilova is the founder.   By focusing strictly on the work of women street photographers, we provide the extra exposure for female artists that is much needed in this male-dominated genre.  It is the mission of Women Street Photographers to create visibility for women who are dedicated street photographers and to encourage other women to follow their passion. 
Submissions came from photographers featured on the Instagram page and were juried by Samoilova and internationally-known documentary photographer Donna Ferrato. They span the genre of street photography, with a common theme of being shot candidly in public. The international group of photographers includes some of the most notable names working in the field today.
Along with the group exhibition there will be a solo exhibition of the work of Brooklyn-based photographer Gisele Duprez. 
Image by Gisele Duprez

Gisele Duprez is a native New Yorker, residing in Brooklyn.  She has a degree in Criminal Justice and works in the corportate technology.  A self-taught photographer, her primary focus is on street photography where she enjoys capturing candid moments and the interactions between people.  Her work has been shown on a number of online platforms, podcasts and in 2018 Gisele was featured in Click Magazine as one of the “20 Women Changing Photography” Gisele frequently travels including recent trips to Paris and Havana to explore her French and Cuban heritage.  She is currently working on a long-term project exploring Coney Island and Brighton Beach.  You can see Gisele’s work at or on her Instagram at @gisele.duprez
Image by Kelly Giardina
Kelly Giardina who resides in New Jersey, has a photo shown with a powerful story behind it which can be read at the exhibition.  Kelly is a wedding photographer by trade and has been recently taking her talent to local and international NGO’s.  Her goal is to user her candid photography to provide them with a source of visual storytelling to help their cause.  Her wedding work has been featured on multiple online platforms such as Fearless Photographers, WPJA, ISPWP and 12 Story Award.  Kelly’s photo that will be shown is from a recent trip to Macedonia as she worked with the HERA organization documenting the Roma Lifestyle in Suto’Orizari.  The Roma community is widely discriminated against in this country, which limits the opportunities for many young children and adults.   Her work was featured in Photographers Without Borders Magazine and a documentary on this project will be released in 2019 with PWB’s Online Film Series.
Women Street Photographers has gained international attention and continues to grow.  Photos below will also be shown and are from two photographers from Iran Fateme Pezeshki Moghadam and Nastara  Farjadpezeshk.  
Image by Nastara
Image by Fateme
The event will be held in two galleries at El Barrio’s Artspace PS109, the community-centered arts facility in East Harlem that was once an abandoned public school. El Barrio’s Artspace is at 215 E. 99th Street New York, NY, 10029.  The exhibit will be on display from December 18 to January 2; the opening reception will be on Tuesday, December 18 at 6:00 pm.

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