Anna McNay

Book review of Firecrackers: Female Photographers Now


Book review of Firecrackers: Female Photographers Now

By Fiona Rogers & Max Houghton

Published by Thames & Hudson

There has been no shortage of books on female photographers
appearing over recent months, so what does this compendium, published by Thames
& Hudson this autumn, add to the library that its predecessors haven’t
already provided? Certainly many of the artists included have been represented
elsewhere, and some of the images are beginning to feel a little overly
familiar – but, in a world where Helmut Newton’s vampy erotica or Robert
Doisneau’s iconic Le Baiser de
l’Hôtel de Ville
 (1950) are recognisable in the flash of an eye, why
shouldn’t Juno Calypso’s saccharine pink Honeymoon
series nymphets (2015-16) and
Natasha Caruana’s faceless brides (Fairytale
for Sale
series, 2011) be just as familiar and ubiquitous?

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