How Women Artists in Victorian England Pushed Photography Forward

Lady Clementina Hawarden, The Return From the Ball, Study, 1900. © Historical Picture Archive/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images.

Long marginalized from the mainstream art world, female artists have often found their voices in new mediums. Performance art, for example, gave the likes of Yoko Ono, Diane Torr, and Valie Export room to make a new form of art with their bodies, unencumbered by the male centrism of mediums such as painting and sculpture. When feminist artists began documenting their performances, they helped spur the development of video art.

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The 17 Best Outdoor Photography Accessories, According to the Pros

No matter how glamorous Instagram makes it seem, the job of adventure photographer is a hard one. Picture yourself packing for a week-long camping trip; you’d bring everything that’s required to live in the wilderness including a shelter, bedding, a packable kitchen setup and plenty of clothing, as well as a handful of accessories, which presents another packing list altogether. If you’re an outdoor photographer, add another 20 pounds of camera equipment on top of all that, and you’ll be ready for the trip.

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iOS photo app Camera+ is reimagined for the future of mobile photography

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A lot has happened since 2010 — Canon stopped making film cameras, smartphones still had single lenses and RAW photography was only available on advanced cameras. To keep up with all those changes and prep for the next decade or so of changes to mobile photography, the developer of the popular iOS photo app Camera+ has rebuilt the app from the ground up. Announced on May 29, Camera+ 2 is a redesigned photography app that keeps the original character but rebuilds the app for more speed and features.

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What Resulted When a Photographer Gave Rural Children Cameras

Every photographer has a give-and-take relationship with her subjects. Wendy Ewald has more give than most. Since 1975, the American artist has been entwining photography, activism, and education in a series of collaborations that upend our prevailing ideas of authorship and authority. For months, even years, at a time, she has moved into rural communities around the world—from Mexico and Morocco to India and the Netherlands—to teach local children how to use cameras. The resulting black-and-white photographs are credited to both Ewald and her students, who are quoted and named in the titles. (This started twenty years before the term “socially engaged art” entered the lexicon.)

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