“I think that all of us as female photographers try and explore aesthetics and concepts in a more girly way, especially when dealing with female models,” Dafy Hagai explains. The Tel Aviv-based photographer is curating the table “Girlfriends” at the NY Art Book Fair this weekend at Moma PS1 which focuses on fashion and art photographers who’s work is concerned with the concept of the female gaze.
“Some of the girls and I have been talking for a while about doing things together,” she says of the grouping of likeminded photographers who connected online, which includes Monika Mogi (Japan), Maya Fuhr (Canada), Dana Boulos (LA), Valerie Phillips (London), Yukari Shinomaya (Japan), and Editorial Magazine (Canada). “I started making zines and really got fascinated with showing printed work and not just online images. I talked with some of the girls about the idea of showing our work together and they were really into it.”
You can see a selection of the pieces at the Tumblr she’s put together.
Although it’s a diverse, international group, there are some commonalities.
“It’s funny cause when you look at some of the work you can see we all have similar influences and references but we all translate those ideas into our own cultures. I know Monika is very influenced from Japanese teen films, while Dana was influenced from Harmony Korine, and I translated American teen films in Israeli suburbia and Muslim elements.”