Aperture Conversations: Celebrating Women of Street Photography

Gulnara Samoilova, Cloud Eaters, 2018. © Gulnara Samoilova

Aperture Foundation, in collaboration with Prestel Publishing, is pleased to present a conversation between leading street photographers Melissa O’Shaughnessy and Gulnara Samoilova, moderated by Aperture senior editor Denise Wolff. Traditionally a male-dominated field, street photography is increasingly becoming the domain of women. In this discussion, they’ll celebrate two publications featuring the work of women in the field—Perfect Strangers: New York City Street Photographs (Aperture, 2020) by Melissa O’Shaughnessy, and Women Street Photographers (Prestel, 2021) by Gulnara Samoilova.

Both titles offer comprehensive and refreshing additions to the tradition of street photography. In Perfect Strangers, O’Shaughnessy enters the territory with clarity and a distinctly humanist eye. Through her curious and quirky vision, we witness the play of human activity on the glittering sidewalks of New York. Meanwhile, Samoilova’s new book showcases one hundred contemporary women street photographers working around the world today, their photographs accompanied by personal statements about their work. In turns intimate and candid, the photographs featured in Women Street Photographers offer a kaleidoscopic glimpse into what happens when women across the world are the ones behind the camera.

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