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.
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 Photography, Hyperallergic, 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.
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 Geographic, The Washington Post, The 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 (she/her), is an award-winning Queer, Black & Chinese portrait photographer, director, public speaker, and social activist based in Brooklyn, NY. Her photo series explores 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.
Woolridge is a recipient of the 2019 Leica Women Foto Project award for her series Size of a Grapefruit, and her work has been featured in publications such as Rolling Stone, Teen Vogue, Cosmopolitan, and Harper’s Bazaar, and has been exhibited in Seattle, Boston, D.C., NYC, and Berlin, Germany. She speaks nationally about photography and its relationship to identity, including a Tedx Talk, the Schomburg Research Center in Harlem NYC, The Scope Art Art, and as a keynote for the University of Maryland, College Park. Woolridge sat on the 2020 Diversity Advisory Council for Fuji Cameras of North America.
Leica Women Foto Project
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New Dock Street and Water Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
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Diversity in Visual Storytelling
Explore the unique visual dialogues of our esteemed Leica Women Foto Project 2019 awardees, Debi Cornwall, Yana Paskova and Eva Woolridge, in a multi-dimensional conversation covering topics from gender parity in visual storytelling to the value of a personal project.Learn More