“Insider/Outsider” is an exploration of the dynamics of storytelling through the lens of some of Women Photograph’s nearly 600 members.

Featuring: Abbie Trayler-Smith, Alexandra Hootnick, Alicia Vera, Allison Shelley, Alyssa Schukar, Andrea Bruce, Anna Boyiazis, Annie Flanagan, Annie Tritt, Caitlin O’Hara, Danielle Villasana, Griselda San Martin, Hannah Reyes Morales, Katia Repina, Kitra Cahana, Lanqing Zhu, Lisette Poole, Maggie Arrellaga, Maggie Steber, Marylise Vigneau, Nichole Sobecki, Nyimas Laula, Paula Bronstein, Raphaela Rosella, Sally Montana, Sara Hylton, Smita Sharma, Sophia Allison, Stacy Kranitz, Susannah Ireland, Tasneem Alsultan, Yagazie Emezi, Yumna Al-Arashi, Alex Potter, Neha Hirve, Lujan Agusti, Gabriella Demczuk

Presented by

Women Photograph and United Photo Industries, with additional support by Digital Silver Imaging


Curated by

Mallory Benedict, Sara Ickow, Daniella Zalcman


“Insider/Outsider” explores the relationship between photographer and subject. Holistic storytelling requires both local and alien perspectives. These images seek to interrogate how those differences affect representation, access, and intimacy. Who has the right to tell a story? Are there limitations on objectivity as an insider, or sensitivity as an outsider? Presented as two parallel exhibitions, “Insider/Outsider” seeks to start a conversation about how photographers tell stories, how they define their own relationships to the people and issues they cover, and how their lives impact the stories they tell.


Women Photograph is an initiative that launched in 2017 to elevate the voices of female and non-binary visual journalists. The private database includes more than 500 independent women documentary photographers based in 87 countries and is available to any commissioning editor or organization. Our mission is to shift the gender makeup of the photojournalism community and ensure that the industry’s chief storytellers are as diverse as the communities they hope to represent. Women Photograph also operates an annual series of project grants for emerging and established photojournalists, a year-long mentorship program, and a travel fund to help female photographers access workshops, festivals, and other developmental opportunities.

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