In the 1920’s, women dreamed of and worked for their right to vote. Despite the progressive social strides women have accomplished in the last 90 years, many industries still hold an inherent gender bias against women. Earlier this month when Nikon released their D850 camera, 32 professional male photographers were surveyed on the camera’s latest features and how it would impact their work. There wasn’t a single female photographer on the list. After public criticism, Nikon released a statement revealing the details of the incident, mentioning they invited a few women photographers, but they were unable to attend, but the Internet isn’t quite ready to lay the issue to rest.
Women and men can have vastly different ideas and views of the world. For that reason, it’s imperative that brands consider diverse perspectives for new products and features. It’s imperative that brands open their minds to artists and creators of all genders, races, religions, and political viewpoints. A camera is a tool, but humans are the artists. What Nikon may have overlooked is that by not acknowledging the other half of photographers out there, they are seemingly disrespecting the untapped value of that half’s creative input.
Thirty-two men and zero women is not a balanced input. When children are young, their minds are full of dreams. Every child grows up with dreams. Some dream of being artists, performers, a president, or other notable careers. Some also grow up with the dream of becoming a photographer. We have Nikon’s list of 32 male photographers. In honor of Dream Day, here is Flickr’s list 32 phenomenal female photographers that we’d would recommend for Nikon in the future.