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Yana Paskova
Yana Paskova
Debi Cornwall
Eva Woodridge
Eva Woodridge

Explore the works of the 2019 recipients from the inaugural Leica Women Foto Project Award. The exhibiting artists include Debi Cornwall, Yana Paskova, and Eva Woolridge, whose work highlight today’s social and political climate through the female perspective. Selected from a pool of over 600 applicants, the unique series by Debi, Yana, and Eva give a voice to those underrepresented in society, bringing to light stories left untold.

The mission of the Leica Women Foto Project is to encourage and empower photographers to demonstrate the importance and impact of a female’s point of view. The award serves as a catalyst to re-frame how we see, how we think, and how we express our visual narrative. Learn how you can apply to the 2nd annual Leica Women Foto Project Award here.

Artist Bios

  • Debi Cornwall

    Debi Cornwall

    Leica Women Foto Project 2019 Awardee

    Debi Cornwall (Brown 1995, Harvard Law School 2000) is a conceptual documentary artist who returned to visual expression in 2014 after a 12-year career as a civil-rights lawyer. Her visual work examines American power and identity in the post-9/11 era. Exhaustive research and negotiation were critical to her advocacy and remain integral to her work as an artist.

    Publications including Art in America Magazine, European Photography Magazine, the British Journal of PhotographyHyperallergic, and The New York Times Magazine have profiled Debi’s work. She is a 2019 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow, a Harpo Foundation Visual Artist grantee, a Center for Emerging Visual Artists fellows, and a Duke University Archive of Documentary Arts Collection Award winner. Her last project, “Welcome to Camp America: Inside Guantánamo Bay,” has been internationally honored as both a book (Radius, 2017) and exhibition. Radius will publish her Leica Women Foto Award-supported work, Necessary Fictions, in 2020.

  • Yana Paskova

    Yana Paskova

    Leica Women Foto Project 2019 Awardee

    Yana Paskova is a Bulgaria-born, Chicago-bred, Brooklyn-based photojournalist and writer. The spark that drives her is her passion for creative visuals, science, music, climate change, the economic and political state of the world, the beauty of the written word, architecture, anthropology, and the true sense of equality. Yana lets her camera define her geography, aiming to create photographs that combine unique aesthetics with a strong narrative, style with meaning — whether in a historic context or just beyond the surface of mundanity. Yana’s clients include National GeographicThe Washington PostThe New York Times, NPR, Getty Images, and Reuters, amongst others. She has received awards from PDN’s Photo Annual and American Photography, grants to further her projects from the Pulitzer Center, the International Women’s Media Foundation, Getty Images + Panasonic Lumix, and exhibits via ICP online and Bulgaria’s National Gallery of Art.

  • Eva Woolridge

    Eva Woolridge

    Leica Women Foto Project 2019 Awardee

    Eva Woolridge (she/her) is an African-American/Chinese-American photographer residing in Brooklyn, New York. Her photo series explore the sexual, spiritual, and emotional nature of femininity. In her work she transcends surface-level labels of people of color by conveying strength, perseverance, vulnerability and vitality using strong lighting and composition.

    Her first photo essay was entitled “Peeled Paint,” produced in 2014, and it conveyed her understanding of the human ego and spirituality.

    Upon graduating from University of Maryland, College Park, Woolridge completed her second social-consciousness narrative called “Embrace Your Essence.” Produced in 2015, the series focused on young women’s journeys toward self-love—defining what they find beautiful about themselves. Many of the narratives included illnesses, challenges to meet Western standards of beauty, and quirks that once negatively affected their self-esteem.

    Woolridge continues to use visual narratives to convey a tone of a new, inclusive wave of feminine energy through her gaze as a queer woman of color, while commenting on the social & cultural conditions of her communities.

Leica Women Foto Project

 archive : 2020

Featuring: Debi Cornwall Yana Paskova Eva Woolridge

Presented by: Leica Women Foto Project
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