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Firecrackers: Female Photographers Now

Firecrackers: Female Photographers Now

Current price: $45.00
Publication Date: September 19th, 2017
Thames & Hudson
The MIT Press Bookstore
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A survey of the greatest female photographers working today, created as a platform to showcase important work that might otherwise be marginalized in the still male-dominated photography community

There are many outstanding female photographers working today, yet the photographic industry continues to be a male-dominated world. Established in 2011, Firecracker ( is an online platform dedicated to supporting female photographers worldwide by showcasing their work in a series of monthly, online gallery features; by organizing events; and by awarding an annual grant to enable a female photographer to fund a project.

Building on Firecracker’s foundations, this book brings together the work of more than thirty of the most talented contemporary female photographers from around the world. Each profile explores the photographer’s creative practice, illustrated by photographs that showcase a key project in her career, and a selection that offers a wider view of her work. The images encompass an eclectic variety of styles, techniques, and locations—from German Alma Haser’s futuristic series of portraits that use origami to create 3D sculptures within the frame, to Egyptian Laura El-Tantawy’s filmic and intensely personal series on political protest in Cairo. With more than 300 photographs, Firecrackers is a celebration of some of the most inquisitive, stylish, and daring photography being made today.

About the Author

Fiona Rogers is the founder of Firecracker ( She is also Magnum Photos Global Business Development Manager.

Max Houghton runs the MA Program in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London.

Praise for Firecrackers: Female Photographers Now

The book brings together the work of more than thirty of the most talented contemporary female photographers worldwide.
— North Carolina Modernist Houses

Populated with dozens of talented photographers…Firecrackers is much more than just a compilation of works by female photographers. It’s a unique collection of storytelling, both literal and aesthetic.
— Hyperallergic

The collection includes photographs and profiles of 33 photographers from around the world… The result is a snapshot of global photographic practices, which drives home the diversity of female perspectives.
— Photo District News