Feminist Photography Network is a shifting collective led by two co-directors that uses grassroots strategies to support women’s engagement with, and interrogation of, photography. Working with Feminist-minded artists and arts workers, FPN strives to expand resources and representation for primarily woman-identified lens-based artists. Through various programming and partnerships, FPN supports these artists in sustaining their practice by providing free professional development, networking and exhibition opportunities. FPN contributes to the community at large through broadening the awareness of a diversity of lens-based practices, and furthering dialogues on the relationship between gender and photography.
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.
Left: Farihah Shah, Laden Hands, 2017
from the series Bille said 'Strange Fruit'
Feminist Photography Network is based in Toronto/Tkaronto 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: