Addressing the issue of gender inequality in the photography community

Female photographer looking out to sea
(Image credit: Rachel Martin from Unsplash)

This year's campaign theme for International Women's Day is #BreakTheBias and it's certainly something we can do more for in the photography community. Ask any female or female-identifying photographer, at one point or another she / they would’ve been talked down to, sexually harassed, belittled or made to feel uncomfortable by their male counterpart. I wish from the bottom of my heart this were not the case but, sadly, misogyny within the photography community is still rife – and it’s the men who turn a blind eye that are the biggest problem.  

As a journalist for Digital Camera World (DCW), I’m lucky I get to write anything from opinion pieces to camera reviews to features on talented photographers from different backgrounds, races and genders. I love writing about and practicing photography, but it makes me sad how often I find myself and other female-identifying people on the receiving end of misogyny. 

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.