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Feminist Photography Network is a shifting collective led by directors, Ursula Handleigh,  Jennifer Long & Clare Samuel, that uses grassroots strategies to support women (cis and trans) and non-binary artist’s engagement with, and interrogation of, photography.  

Our core values are intergenerational and intersectional dialogues, emphasizing support vs competition, using old and new technologies to connect artists, and reimagining and humanizing professional art practice. 

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Left: Farihah Aliyah ShahLaden Hands, 2017
from the series Bille said 'Strange Fruit'


Feminist Photography Network (FPN) was founded by Jennifer Long and Clare Samuel, through talks with Mary-Ann Kennedy and Katherine Parhar. We all attended the  Fast Forward: Women & Photography conference in November 2015. We were all moved to continue this vital discussion around gender and our medium. In the contexts of both our locations in Canada and Scotland we wanted to create grassroots ways of supporting women's' engagement with, and interrogation of, photography. Kennedy and Parhar started WildFires, a collective of  Scottish photographers and an online portfolio. We started FPN in Canada, and our focus is on exposure, support for production, critical research into the relationship between gender and the lens, and building international dialogues.  

Feminist Photography Network is based in Tkaronto (Toronto) on the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples.  As settlers, we the co-directors are thankful for opportunity to live and work on this land, and we acknowledge the urgent need for justice for indigenous people. Statements are not enough, action can be taken by learning about and supporting the following organizations: 

Indian Residential School Survivors Society

Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto

Legacy of Hope Foundation

Toronto Aboriginal Support Services Council

2-Spirited People of the 1st Nations

Native Child and Family Services of Toronto

Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres

Additional links

Stacey TyrellHispania, from the Pour La Victoire series, 2016

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