At this year's Recontres d'Arles, only 34% of photographers were women. A number of leaders in the profession decided to write an open letter to the event organizers to protest the gender disparity.
Next year is the 50th anniversary of the festival, and the letter calls for equality to be brought into the festival.
This article looks at the gender disparity, but also brings up the question of how change can be brought about without setting quotas or being accused of "positive discrimination".
After you've read the article, join us in our Facebook Group to discuss the issues facing women photographers and how change can occur. What would you suggest the event organizers do to increase the number of women photographers involved in Recontres d'Arles?
Gender Disparity at the Recontres d'Arles Spurs a Debate About the Status of Women in Photography
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