girl crush.
by the jealous curator comment


hello! so, today’s girl crush post started off with one of my favorite female photographers. and then i added another – and another – and another! i couldn’t control myself! they just seemed to go together somehow. two of them are very well known, and the other two are not quite as famous – yet! so, let’s start things off with a huge icon in the world of photography:

sigh. american artist cindy sherman. cindy’s subject matter? cindy – kinda. she is the subject of every single one of her photographs, although you might not be able to tell. she morphs herself into all sorts of characters (i love the the b-movie starlets) in order to make a commentary on the ‘role and representation of women in society, the media and the nature of the creation of art.’ amazing.

ok, my next girl crush is another very well known american photographer:

the amazingly talented diane arbus. she was best known for capturing the images of somewhat strange people, or to be a little less politically correct – ‘freaks’. her life story is quite interesting but a bit sad, and her completely made up life story in the movie fur: an imaginary portrait of diane arbus, is even more interesting and even more sad. if you  haven’t seen it, you should! it’s beautiful, very alice in wonderland.

now, this next woman is a little less famous than cindy and diane, but just as crush worthy:

italian artist moira ricci is present in all of her photographs, much like cindy sherman. the difference between the work of these two women is that moira is not the main subject of the shot, but always a secondary character in the scene – oh and did i mention that some of the photos were taken before she was born? yep. she has placed herself into photographs with her mother, essentially stepping back into her family memories as an observer. wouldn’t it be great if you could actually do that? (the series is titled, series 20.12.53 – 10.08.04, the dates of her mother’s life from birth to death.)

and finally, a recently graduated canadian photographer:

ok, as soon as i saw this work i thought, cindy sherman meets diane arbus – with just a hint of ‘the sixth sense’! toronto based rebecca cairns creates hauntingly beautiful black and white self-portraits, that quite frankly, scare me a little bit.

so there you have it. do you see why i just had to keep adding artists to this post? their work is beautiful, and inspiring – and yes, i have a crush on all of them! see you in two weeks with more art from amazing women

~ the jealous curator xo

11 responses to “girl crush.”

  1. I am crushin’ right there with you. I remember when I first saw Cindy Sherman’s work in an intro photography class and I was just floored. She’s a woman who is not afraid of her womanhood and she expresses it in such an interesting, intelligent and beautiful way.

    And new fave is going to be Rebecca Cairns. I haven’t seen her work before but wow! Where have you been all my life?. So hauntingly gorgeous. I am a sucker for a good double exposure/long exposure.

    Great list!

  2. I am probably very unfashionably late to the party, but speaking of female photographers, have you heard of Taryn Simon? Saw her at the Tate a couple of weeks ago and LOVED her A Living Man Declared Dead exhibit… It’s most likely the history student in me, but the repetition and documentation really stood out! So aesthetically maybe she’s different from Diane Arbus etc but if you look at each piece and even the exhibit as a whole I think you get the same feel of complexity and layers.

    p.s. I love your blog and am a long-time reader but first-time commenter! Thanks for brightening up my day, every day!

  3. I love Cindy Sherman and Diane Arbus. When I lived in L.A. I was lucky enough to see a Diane Arbus exhibit at LACMA and it was fantastic.

    I know you didn’t ask for them, but I’m a sharer and must add a few of my own female photographer picks: Nan Goldin, Lauren Greenfield, and Sofia Coppola. I’m also loving one of the female photographers I first saw on your site, Danielle: Cassia Beck. I just ordered one of her iPhone cases yesterday. Thanks for the tip! :)


  4. Very cool post. Long time reader, first time commenter. The work of Rebecca Cairns looks a LOT like that of Francesca Woodman. Check her out.

  5. such an inspiring post. ive been inching my way from photographing homeless camps toward photographing the homeless that live in the camps, so arbus (of course) is So Inspiring. thx too for showcasing the other women.

  6. Great post! I’ve (of course) loved Sherman and Arbus’ work since I first discovered them many years ago in college, but I wasn’t aware of Ricci or Cairns until now… I love the Zelig-like quality of Ricci’s images, and Carins reminds me a bit of Francesca Woodman’s images. Thanks for letting me revisit some of my faves while also discovering some amazing new-to-me artists!

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