National Geographic has been in publication for over 130 years and published some of the most iconic photographs in magazine print, in history.
National Geographic has given their readership a sneak peek into the world around us with a close eye on the multitude of cultures and people that live on Planet Earth. And this October, they published Women: The National Geographic Image Collection, providing the world with how the world looks through the eyes of women.
Historically, National Geographic’s photography has come under fire as their photos were often gendered, sexualised and racialised, showcasing some genders and races in a more favourable light than others. However, National Geographic’s new book is here to change all that. Women: The National Geographic Image Collection is not only a collection of photographs of women from around the world but all the stories and photographs were devised by women.
This distinctive collection of women’s artistic work, about women and for women offers a truly female perspective into the world and feminine culture. Lynsey Addario, a photojournalist for National Geographic comments how men and women don't “see” the world differently rather than what men and women can access is vastly different. She herself has strived to photograph strong and powerful women. Her photograph of US Marine corporal Gabrielle Green, carrying a male colleague over her shoulders is a prime example.