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Firecrackers: Female Photographers Now

Fiona Rogers, Max Houghton

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A vivid showcase of work by more than thirty of the world’s leading contemporary female documentary photographers

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The photographic industry - its exhibitions, galleries, publications and auctions - employs thousands of women, but champions mostly men. To begin to redress the balance, here is a timely presentation of the work of over 30 female photographers working today. This book is predominantly a celebration of some of the most inquisitive, intelligent and daring photography being created now. The stories the photographers tell are the most pressing social, political and personal issues seen through the female lens.

Firecracker, established in 2011 by Fiona Rogers, is a platform dedicated to supporting female photographers worldwide by showcasing their work. Building upon Firecracker's foundations, this book brings together photography that encompasses an ecletic variety of styles, techniques and locations, from Alma Haser's futuristic series of portraits that use origami to create 3D sculptures within the frame, to Laura El-Tantawy's filmic and intensely personal series on political protest in Cairo. There is a recurring theme throughout the book that serves to unite these extraordinary women and their work: the exploration of marginalized individuals and under-discussed subjects, seen by fresh eyes.

Fiona Rogers and Max Houghton offer insightful and expert authorship and curation. In their respective, well-established roles in the industry they understand, influence and advocate for contemporary documentary photography today.

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'An intriguing, varied and thought provoking book'
Royal Photographic Society Journal

'Beautifully compiled … intelligent commentary'
Black + White Photography

'A contemporary cross-section of subject matter and aesthetic styles … powerful concepts and supreme technical artistry'

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Book Details

Format: PLC (with jacket)

Size: 24.0 x 27.0 cm

Extent: 224 pp

Illustrations: 300

Publication date: 10 August 2017

ISBN: 9780500544747

Contents List

Introduction • Ying Ang • Evgenia Argugaeva • Behnaz Babazadeh • Poulomi Basu • Endia Beal • Juno Calypso • Haley Morris-Cafiero • Natasha Caruana • Scarlett Coten • Bieke Depoorter • Maria Gruzdeva • Alma Haser • Mayumi Hosokura • Corinna Kern • Katrin Koenning • Anastasia Taylor Lind • Diana Markosian • Diana Matar • Chloe Dewe Mathews • Zanele Muholi • Aida Muluneh • Anja Niemi • Regine Petersen • Jill Quigley • Magda Rakita • Lua Ribeira • Mariela Sancari • Laura El-Tantawy • Newsha Tavakolian • Sanne de Wilde • Cemre Yesil • Yunya Yin • Chen Zhe

About the Author

Fiona Rogers is the founder of Firecracker ( She is also Magnum Photos Global Business Development Manager, and has been a judge for various competitions including the Mack First Book Award and the Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography.

Max Houghton runs the MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London.