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Putting Ourselves in the Picture
Fast Forward: Women in Photography

Putting Ourselves in the Picture, Fast Forward: Women in Photography

Putting Ourselves in the Picture, Fast Forward: Women in PhotographyPutting Ourselves in the Picture
Fast Forward: Women in Photography
Trolley Books

Edited by Anna Fox and Maria Kapajeva.


248 pages
265 x 200 mm
ISBN 9781907112690


Putting Ourselves in the Picture was designed to empower women to use photography to tell stories about their own lives. The project engaged with groups of refugee and migrant women and non-binary people, whose stories are the focus of this striking book. They have all made work that opens our eyes, enthuses our ideas and crushes stereotypes – confronting gender discrimination and the marginalisation of women in our societies. Project participants included Ceecee, Rella, Rhody, Miya, Precious, Raolat, Phim, Leonelle, Linda, Nwanyi, Lovelin, Hannah, Grace, Maureen, Ana, Maryam, Sylvie, Taraneh, Elham, Manar, Vicky, and Josiane.

About the Organisation
Fast Forward is a research project concerned with women in photography based at University for the Creative Arts. Started in 2014 with a panel discussion at Tate Modern, the project has established a significance within the world of photography for highlighting the work of women photographers and for questioning the way that the established canons have been formed.

Fast Forward is designed to promote and engage with women and non-binary people in photography across the globe, aiming to provoke new debate. There are millions of women in the world of photography and now is the time 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 showcases the best of emerging and established photography by women and non-binary people, it promotes opportunities and records events.

About the Editors
Maria Kapajeva is an artist who works between the UK and Estonia. Her work often highlights peripheral histories and unspoken stories, focusing on the representation of women. Her work was internationally exhibited including the most recent: The Finnish Museum of Photography (2021), The Tallinn Art Hall Gallery (2020), Lithuanian Gallery of Photography (2020) and Latvian Museum of Photography (2019). Her video works screened at VAFT (Finland, 2020), Luminocity Festival (Canada, 2018), NexT Film Festival (Romania, 2017) and Berlin Feminist Film Week (2016).

In 2019 she was awarded with A Woman’s Work grant with Creative Europe Program, in 2018 she won the Runner-Up Award at FOKUS Video Art Festival (Denmark) and in 2016 she got a Gasworks & Triangle Network Fellowship to work at Kooshk Residency in Tehran (Iran).

Her first artist book You can call him another man, published by Kaunas Photography Gallery, was shortlisted for Aperture Photobook Award 2018. Her second book Dream Is Wonderful, Yet Unclear, published by Milda Books in 2020, received Krazsna-Krausz Photo Book Award. Currently Kapajeva does her practice-based PhD at Estonian Academy of Arts.

Born in 1961 and completing her degree in Audio Visual studies at The Surrey Institute, Farnham in 1986, Anna Fox has been working in photography and video for over thirty years. Influenced by the British documentary tradition and US ‘New Colourists’ her first work Workstations (published by and exhibited first at Camerawork, London 1988) observed, with a critical eye, London office culture in the mid Thatcher years. Later work documenting weekend wargames, Friendly Fire, was exhibited in the exhibition Warworks at the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Netherlands Foto Institute and the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography.

Her solo shows have been seen at The Photographer’s Gallery, London, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, Shanghai Center of Photography and her work has been included in numerous international group shows including Through the Looking Glass (Barbican Art Gallery), Centre of the Creative Universe: Liverpool and the Avant-garde (Tate Liverpool) How We Are: Photographing Britain (Tate Britain) and Home Sweet Home at rencontres de la Photographie, Arles. Fox has published numerous monographs and is about to launch her latest book BLINK, commissioned by Central St Martin’s. Anna Fox is Professor of Photography at University for the Creative Arts at Farnham and leads the Fast Forward Women in Photography research project

About the Artist
Maria Kapajeva is an Estonian artist who is based in London. Her work has been shown internationally including the most recent shows & screenings in Romania, Germany, Colombia and France. At the moment she works on a publication of her first photo book “You can call him another man” and on her solo exhibition in Estonia (September 2017). Maria is a Fellow of HEA, teaches at UCA (Farnham). Maria is a co-organiser of Fast Forward: Women in Photography and works as the Network Facilitator for The Fast Forward 2 project, supported by The Leverhulme Trust. Kapajeva’s photographic work has developed at an exciting pace from its collaborative beginnings using various means such as installation, quilts, digital collage, portraiture in which to consider women’s identity, challenging tradition and old values in today’s globalised economy.

About the Publisher
Trolley Books is an independent UK publisher, specialising in art and photography books. Areas covered by Trolley include social reportage, photojournalism/current affairs and contemporary art and architecture.
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