While looking at women photography, I realized that there is not one singular definition that fits. Women photography fits under the general category of photography, right along side men photography. Every women artist takes pictures a different way, expressing their own unique thoughts. Judith Golden and Lalla Essaydi are two women photographers that have very different styles of photography.
Lalla Essaydi is a woman photographer that examines the role of Muslim women through her photographs. Essaydi often plays around with the background of the Moroccan palace Dar al Basha. The walls of the Moroccan palace create a camouflage for the Muslim women. As you can see in the photograph “Harem #14”, the women’s apparel matches perfectly with the walls of the palace, even the trim! Essaydi is trying to capture people’s attention with this photograph and interest them in Islamic femininity. This type of photography seems very structural and organized. There are hard lines, and distinguished patterns. The subjects in this picture are also quite emotionless and serious.
Judith Golden is a woman photographer whose fantasy picture has a sense of magic. Her photographs also include Earth’s natural elements such as air, fire, and water. Golden’s work shows creativity and passion. She incorporates figments of her own life in her photographs such as her granddaughter, Julia. This personal connection to her photographs makes Golden’s photographs relatable and touching. Golden mixes painting and photography together to create a masterpiece. These two art forms blend seamlessly and create a really unique product.
Golden’s work is much more creative and whimsical than the work of Essaydi. In Essaydi’s photographs, the subjects show no emotion or personality, which is the style of them… however in Golden’s work, the subjects are full of life and personality. Essaydi’s work is meant to be very detached because of the culture of the people, however Holden captures the beauty of youth in her pictures. In addition, Essaydi’s work has very distinct patterns, which makes the whole photograph a puzzle, while Golden’s work seems spontaneous and seems to stick random objects in the most odd places. For example, Saturn, in the photograph “Van Gough’s Sky” is randomly placed in the sky. If you looked up into the sky, you would not see Saturn in this much detail with your bare eyes. This brings me to the comparison of reality vs. fantasy. Golden’s work is fantasy because of the elements of magic in her pictures. Essaydi’s work is reality because nothing in her pictures are distorted like Golden. Essaydi takes the picture for how it is, leaving everything in plain sight and not covering anything up.
In conclusion, both of these women photographers go about photography in different directions, but they both excel in what they do. Judith Golden takes a more creative approach to photography, while Lalla Essaydi gears more towards truth, order, and showing things for how they really are.