femLENS Community Survey

Documentary Photography Community Survey

The purpose of this survey is to gain a better understanding of the needs, challenges and ambitions of women and non-binary image makers working with documentary photography.

Existing data is limited to elite institutions and does not account for the experiences of those with nontraditional backgrounds and approaches. With this survey, we hope to reach not only current and aspiring documentary photographers, but also activists, educators, researchers, social workers, artists and everyday people working with documentary photography as a social tool within their communities.

Additionally, we are committed to leveraging our platform to increase online exposure to your work. You will have the opportunity to submit your own photographs illustrating your experiences and perspectives on topics ranging from community to gender inequality. The survey results and photos will be published as a report on our website and distributed across our social media platforms in the autumn of 2021. Based on the results, we will tailor our programming to support you, the femLENS community and beyond in your documentary photography goals.

The survey will take about 25-30 minutes to complete and can be done so anonymously if you so choose.

Please feel encouraged to be open and detailed in your responses. The insight you provide will be beneficial to our mission to elevate women’s perspectives in media.

The survey can be found on the direct link.

About femLENS: As a volunteer-driven non-profit association, we are continually working to deliver free workshops to equip women and girls from economically and culturally diverse backgrounds with documentary photography skills and techniques to empower them to tell their stories and become social change agents themselves.