Photography is by far the most expressive and powerful visual art. A picture can show reality as it is, but it can also be all about fantasy, creativity and the wildest imagination. A picture is worth a thousand words. That is clearly expressed in the following pictures, shot by female photographers.
Shadi Ghadirian was born in Iran. Her photography pieces are inspired by the women of her country. In her Ghajar Series she included “forbidden” or restricted elements to traditional settings. It portrays the Western influences that the country experienced before and after the revolution and how women have to deal with the duality of east and west, public and private life, reality and fantasy.
Lalla Essaydi is a Moroccan photographer who captures the female body in a special way by covering it with Arabic calligraphy. She wants to focus on the complex reality of the Arab female identity. About her art she says: “In my art, I wish to present myself through multiple lenses — as artist, as Moroccan, as traditionalist, as Liberal, as Muslim. In short, I invite viewers to resist stereotypes.”
Yumna is a Yemeni-American photographer, writer, lecturer and filmmaker based in London. Her art is alla about culture, religion and femininity. In her Face collection she represents the last generation of North African Muslim women with facial tattoos.
Beya Khalifa is living in her fantasy world full of colour and patterns. The Egyptian artist loves to create digital collages by adding elements to a normal photo. With this technique she has been making this weird world into a beautiful one.