Sometimes life imitates art, and sometimes art mirrors the subconscious. When documentary photographer Maggie Steber embarked on a personal project, The Secret Garden of Lily LaPalma, she didn’t realize the surreal world borne of her imagination would lead to an artistic rebirth in her waking life. Click here to read this profile of Maggie in PDN.
In an interview with L’Obs, Linda Bournane Engelberth speaks about “Outside the Binary,” her new project about the richness and diversity of gender identities.
“I hope that people who will see the portraits and read the testimonials will open up and reflect on the definitions of gender identities.” — Linda Bournane Engelberth
“Outside the Binary” is Linda’s contribution to the “Her Take: (Re)Thinking Masculinity,” a project in seven parts by the Seven of VII, the seven female photographers of VII. In “Her Take,” each photographer undertakes a visual reflection on masculinity — re-framing it, challenging it, referencing it historically, exploring it, considering it in specific cultural contexts and changing social conventions, or coming out from the shadow of it.
Seven VII photographers are talking about inspiration in this special edition of #7withVII. We ask one question and get 7 answers. We asked, “Who/what inspires you to create and why.” Here’s what Anush Babajanyan, Linda Bournane Engelberth, Ed Kashi, Esther Ruth Mbabazi, Daniel Schwartz, Nichole Sobecki, and John Stanmeyer had to say.
Daniel Schwartz is featured on the latest “A Small Voice” podcast with Ben Smith. In this episode, Daniel speaks about early education, the documentary about his life and work, “Beyond The Obvious,” the current situation in Yemen, and joining VII as an Emeritus member.
“We need to listen. First of all, we need to go, see for ourselves, and then obviously we meet people and we have to listen to them. We should forget about our pre-concepts which we carry. We inform ourselves at home and then we forget what we have read, and we go there. And this will eventually change or modify the concepts we have, and we need to listen to what people have to say to us and to find a way of building their information into the way we see things.”