26.5 x 20 cm
100gsm Arena Natural Bulk
Foil block and tipped in image on cover
This new publication presents the project Putting Ourselves in the Picture, set up by Fast Forward: Women in Photography , designed to empower women to use photography in pertinent ways to tell stories about their own lives.
Working with five, progressive thinking partners, encountered through the Fast Forward network, Putting Ourselves in the Picture engages with groups of refugee and migrant women and nonbinary people whose stories are the focus of this striking book.
The partners: Autograph, Impressions Gallery, National Galleries of Scotland, Women for Refugee Women and Work Show Grow worked with the Fast Forward team to develop the project and designed a series of empowering skills development activities building confidence for the women participants. Each partner brought their own team of artists, mentors and workshop leaders to work with a group of participants in their own locations. The powerful narratives and inspiring images that emerge from the pages of this book have grown out of the pioneering photography workshops and mentorship activity, devised by our partners and delivered across the UK, and is designed by Sarah Boris.
The project participants Ceecee, Rella, Rhody, Miya, Precious, Raolat, Phim, Leonelle, Linda, Nwanyi, Lovelin, Hannah, Grace, Maureen, Ana, Maryam, Sylvie, Taraneh, Elham, Manar, Vicky, and Josiane have all made work that opens our eyes, enthuses our ideas and crushes stereotypes. Putting Ourselves in the Picture confronts gender discrimination and the marginalisation of women in our societies.
Fast Forward, based at University for the Creative Arts in the UK, is designed to promote and engage with women in photography across the globe. We provoke new debate and ensure, as women photographers and professionals, that we are in the news and in the history books. There are millions of women in the world of photography and we intend to arrest the process of forgetting that so frequently erases women from the burgeoning histories of photography and shed light on new ways of thinking, showing, discussing and distributing our work. Fast Forward has initiated the Manifesto for increased involvement of women in photography, which welcomes signatures from both: individuals and organisations to support the need for equality and diversity across all fields of photography.