In discussion with Jennilee Marigomen

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As a side project, I work on an online magazine and receive photography submissions on a regular basis. Most of the pitches and submissions I receive are from males. Every person that has approached me about meeting to look at their portfolio has been male. I believe that I am pretty equal when it comes to commissioning and featuring work by photographers. I don’t concern myself with the gender of the artist and think that beautiful work is beautiful work. But I can only work with what is presented to me.

When I think of my favorite photographers, many of them are women. When I think of the successful female photographers I have met in different cities, they all have something in common - they are very inspiringly strong and confident women who do not shy away from sharing their work. Their work is as strong as their backbone. I guess these qualities are considered to be more masculine. They are the ones who win awards, competitions, get gallery shows, and land big clients.

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Skateboard Photographer Alana Paterson

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 Now does this fact create sexism against women who are equally talented, ball busting, hard working, decision making photographers dedicated to their practice? Absolutely, there is not question it does. Does it mean there are less of women that have what it takes to being cutting edge editorial photographers? … I hate to admit it but possibly. Should editors and other people in a postion of power give women a chance for their own benefit as well the photographers. Yes. Also I have to mention this fits in perfectly why a female would make a great editor but maybe not a photographer (speaking in generalities) because with little testosterone their attention is made available to many places and they can put together many different pieces while shifting their attention from one article to another several times possibly within an hour while working on an issue of their magazine.

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An anecdote from Alexi Hobbs

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There is one anecdote that might be of interest. I was once contacted by a photo editor to photograph a very sensitive subject, a woman who had been abused as a child by the religious system here in Quebec. Essentially, she had been given up to nuns and gone through some bad shit in their care. And the reason I was approached to photograph this woman was because the photo editor thought I was a woman myself. She thought this both because of my name and the type of photographs I made. In the end, I couldn’t take the assignment, as I was going to be out of town when they needed me, and they asked a woman photographer friend of mine to shoot it instead (Celia Perrin Sidarous).

An anonymous working photographer

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The adage “those who can’t, teach” seems to apply in our industry if you replace teach with “edit”. It seems to be a common, unspoken perception that some people choose to go into photo editing instead of shooting because it is easier to break into, provides health insurance, a steady paycheck, etc etc. I’ve always sort of secretly wondered if so many women end up editing not because they “can’t” but because nobody actually let them shoot. Maybe they subconsciously looked around and saw few, if any opportunities for themselves and so made the decision to go into photo editing.

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