9 Female Photographers Referencing Porn

 

Pornography is an ongoing controversy that has been responsible for deep divisions within feminism. Some view pornography as a form of violence against women, whilst others embrace it as a powerful medium of feminist expression and sexual liberation. As Donald Trump threatens to ban abortions and in turn women’s sexual rights, nine young female photographers choose to reclaim their rights over the female body in a different way – through a celebration of sexuality.

Here, we focus on nine young female photographers referencing porn in their work.

 

 

Photo: Charlotte Rutherford
Photo: Charlotte Rutherford

Charlotte Rutherford

Notable for shooting celebrities such as hip-hop darling Tinashe, Charlotte Rutherford‘s instantly recognisable images take a seductive twist, featuring sexy lingerie and a latex bathing suit.

 

 

Photo: Harley Weir
Photo: Harley Weir

Harley Weir

Weir’s sensitive photos of butt-cheeks and nipples have not stopped the likes of Calvin Klein, Balenciaga and Céline to hire her to shoot their campaigns. Weir’s Instagram account was, however, deactivated last September due to a picture showing menstrual blood.

 

 

Photo: Maisie Cousins
Photo: Maisie Cousins

Maisie Cousins

Maisie Cousins is best know for her sticky still life photographs and greasy close-ups of the female body that pack a pornographic punch. She is also part of Petra Collins’ “Babe” book. By championing the #FreeTheNipple movement, Cousins channels pornographic imagery while also encouraging society to reflect on what really constitutes a “pornographic” image.

 

 

Photo: Alice Hawkins
Photo: Alice Hawkins

Alice Hawkins

Neon lighting evokes a moody Red Light District feel in Hawkins’ pictures, with one of her most notable images featuring a model on the floor amongst scrunched up knickers and bras.

 

 

Photo: Juno Calypso
Photo: Juno Calypso

Juno Calypso

Juno Calypso travels around the world renting rooms in love hotels and stylised bedrooms, taking self portraits with sexual undertones while she transforms into her bizarre alter ego named Joyce.

 

 

Photo by: Arvida Byström
Photo by: Arvida Byström

Arvida Byström

Taking us back to the ’90s with her cotton candy-hued images of Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson. a sugar-daddy seems like all that’s missing in these glamorous shots of Pamela Anderson in stilettos with dollars fanning out around her.

 

 

Photo: Dafy Hagai
Photo: Dafy Hagai

Dafy Hagai

Forgoing the traditionally over-the-top pornographic aesthetic, Dafy Hagai takes a more subtle approach to hyper-sexual femininity with girls in brightly coloured underwear.

 

 

Edith Bergfors
Edith Bergfors

Edith Bergfors

Featured last fall by Baron Magazine as part of a sex-focused film event in London, Edith Bergfor shoots film as well as still images, with photos that take a fetishistic turn with male dominance.

 

 

Photo: Kristie Muller
Photo: Kristie Muller

Kristie Muller

The intimacy in Kristie Muller‘s photos is rooted in the fact that her subjects are usually people she knows. Connection is clearly an important thing to the Canadian photographer.

 

 

Picture and fashion research by Nathalie Francois

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