30 Under 30 
Women Photographers 
2020 
November 1 – December 31, 2020 
 

In photography, the traditional place for women is in front of the lens. Whether we like to admit it or not, is by and large a male-dominated arena, where the looking is a masculine act, and the subject is feminine, playing the role of looked-at and admired mainly for their outward appearance. Photography, then, has been a mirror for conventional gender roles in western society. What is it like, then, to be a female photographer, to be a woman who has seized hold of an instrument of which she traditionally remains in front, and to use her eye to view the world, rather than use it to throw back a soft, muted glance into the receiving end of a male gaze? It may sound primitive to talk of the female photographer in such a way, but as the photographers of 30 UNDER 30 women will undoubtedly profess, resistance – or discrimination, even subtle – can be common even today. We will each have our own stories of how being a woman has hindered, or even unfairly aided, our pursuit of this profession. One might say that looking at the work of 30 female photographers is positive discrimination, and so it is, to the necessary extent where a focus is placed on the work of women, whether or not you view their work as intrinsically female or feminine – or simply human.

– Natalie Dybisz (Miss Aniela / 2010)

Ludovica Anzaldi
Ludovica Anzaldi is an Italian photographer currently based in Paris. She grew up in Italy, between Rome and Sicily where she comes from. After attending an artistic high school in Rome...

Marie Aynaud
I am a photographer born in 1993. From 2011 to 2014, I studied Cinema in Montpellier, France, then, from 2015 to 2019 I specialized in photographic documentaries...

Marina Balakina
Documentary photographer and visual storyteller. Was born in the Sverdlovsk region of Russia, now is based in Yekaterinburg. She is a graduate of School of Modern Photography Docdocdoc, Saint Petersburg...

Julie Calabrese
Julie Calabrese was born in La Seyne sur Mer, France, where she still lives, and travels around the world as a freelance photographer...

Carmen Colombo
After a degree in Photography and Visual Arts at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan, in 2013 I was selected to attend a documentary course at LuzAcademy in Milan...

Morgane Delfosse
Born in the north of France in 1991, Morgane Delfosse sees photography as an irrevocable vocation from her very young age. She chooses to tell the stories that surround her in this way...

Mahé Elipe
Born in 1991, Mahé Elipe is a French photographer based in Mexico. She completed higher education studies in France with a degree in applied arts, and at the EPTA school of Photography...

Rebecca Fertinel
Rebecca Fertinel is a photographer from Bucharest, Romania. Her works have been featured in British Journal of Photography, Aint Bad, PH Museum, C41...

Anne-Charlotte Henry
Anne-Charlotte Henry is a photographer and a cinematographer. She grew up in the north of France, in Picardie. She is now based in Paris, after cinema studies...

Ksenia Ivanova
Ksenia Ivanova is a documentary photographer from Russia, based in Saint-Petersburg. Ksenia had studied Russian literature of the 19th Century and visual poetics of Dostoyevsky before she decided to switch to documentary photography...

Gabby Jones
Gabby Jones is a documentary photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. She graduated from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University with a Bachelors degree in Photojournalism in 2017...

Roslyn Julia
Roslyn Julia is a photographic artist. Drawn to the medium of photography through her sense of awe, the theme can be found all of her images...

Rachel Jump
Rachel Jump was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1991. She received her BFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2014. Her photographs have been exhibited...

Aine Kelly
Áine Kelly is an Irish visual artist specializing in photography and sculpture. She graduated in Fine Art from the Crawford College of Art and Design in 2016...

Elif Koyutürk
Elif Koyutürk, born in Istanbul 1993, is a dedicated photographer, director. After graduating from TED College Istanbul, she continued her education at Istanbul Bilgi University...

Jaqueline Larsen
Jaqueline Larsen (1990, Buenos Aires, Argentina) is a visual artist and a photographer. Her background in fine arts gives her photography great sensitivity...

Beatrice Lezzi
I’m focused on a work that began with my BA thesis, in which the centre point is the figure of Venus. I took her as a metaphoric symbol of both sublimation and oppression that concerns woman...

Ziqian Liu
Ziqian Liu is a freelance photographer from China. She caught our attention with her gentle, feminine self-portraits, where she plays with everyday objects....

Kristina Podobed
Kristina Podobed (b 1994) is a Ukraine based photographer. I started doing photography in 2011, mainly documenting myself and my female friends...

Iness Rychlik
Iness Rychlik is a Polish born photographer and filmmaker with a particular interest in historical drama. She has been dedicated to visual storytelling...

Ksenia Simakova
Ksenia Simakova was born in 1992 in Samara, Russian Federation. Economist-mathematician Diploma of Samara National Research University...

Brianna Soukup
I am documentary and portrait photographer based in Portland, Maine.Born and raised in Nebraska, I’ve since lived and worked in Chicago, Florida and Virginia...

Mika Sperling
Mika Sperling is a photo-based artist currently living and working in Hamburg, Germany. She was born in Norilsk, a mining city in Northern Siberia...

Sunny Strader
I am a documentary artist based in Los Angeles and Illinois. The themes in my work include dreams, mortality, perceptions of reality...

Jacquelyn Stuber
Jacquelyn Nan Stuber is an artist from Albany, California. She received a BFA in photography from California College of the Arts in Oakland...

Mano Svanidze
Mano Svanidze is a Georgian photographer currently based in Tbilisi. She graduated from Tbilisi State University, faculty of Economics and Business...

Julia Szablowska
Julia Szablowska is a photographer and journalist. She is a graduate of the Belarusian state University of journalism...

Louiza Vradi
Louiza Vradi is a visual artist, living in Greece. Documentary photography, video and interactivity are the main elements of her work...

Allison Zaucha
Allison Zaucha is an independent award-winning photojournalist based in Los Angeles, California. She is passionate about working on social issues...

Ana Zibelnik
Ana Zibelnik is a photographer currently based in the Netherlands. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana...

Artpil is proud to announce for its 11th edition, the 2020 exhibition of 30 Under 30 Women Photographers.

Founded in 2010, 30 Under 30 Women Photographers has helped emerging, mid-career, as well as some accomplished women photographers to gain further exposure and participate in the collective among peers. With styles ranging from art photography to documentary, portraiture to street and fashion, the works have been overwhelmingly well received.

The 2017 group exhibited in Rome in collaboration with CultRise and Dude Magazine; the 2018 and 2019 groups were presented along with Maison Photo and shown at Maison de la Photographie in Lille and Galerie Claude Samuel in Paris.

Among the growing list of photographers in the collective, many have come from or have gone on to join agencies such as Magnum or Hans Lucas, and organizations like ICP / International Center of Photography. Many are winners of LensCulture and World Press Photo awards with representation in festivals such as Les Rencontres d'Arles, Circulation(s), and Voies Off. Publications include Aperture, The New York Times, and Photo Vogue, and several of the photographers have continued to contribute their series to Artpil, including Benedetta Ristori (2017) Being HumanJulie Hascoët (2017) Mexican Journal; Sarah Blesener (2018) Toy SoldiersEkaterina Anchevskaya (2018) Forgiving and I Remember Nothing; and Laure d’Utruy (2017) with Tempohome and The Royal Road: In Transformation.

Given the current situation with the global pandemic and the impact it has had on artists and the art industry as a whole, this year's 30 Under 30 Women Photographers gave occasion to launch Artpil's online viewing room.

Artpil is currently accepting portfolios for the 2021 selection of 30 Under 30 Women Photographers. Further information may be found here > 

This exhibition is made possible by the following sponsors: