Although I'm only 22-years-old, I've always wondered what lessons I would teach my daughter if I one day choose to have children. The top three fall along the lines of love yourself unconditionally, be kind, and don't take shit from anyone (it's a work in progress). During my daily internet trolling, I came across another amazing lesson that I could teach my imaginary daughter some day: be inspired - not by Disney princesses or super models - ... Read More
BY Katie Fustich
on Oct 07, 2013
Between 1908 and 1924, a photographer named Lewis Hine worked for the National Child Labor Committee, documenting the lives of child workers across the country. Now, the Library of Congress has collected more than 5,000 of these photographs, along with the story behind each one. Though your mind may be stuck in "Newsies" mode right now, the collection actually reveals a forgotten gamut of young women and girls in the strangest and most shocking of ... Read More
Have you ever noticed how, in classic portrait photography, people of different genders are shot differently? A quick google image search of mainstream women’s magazine titles will reveal cover girls, mostly shot from above, looking down coyly. Do the same for a popular men’s magazine, and come up with images of men shot from below and looking at the world straight ahead. Part of what I love about BUST’s photographers is that they subvert this ... Read More
BY Adrienne Tooley
on Sep 26, 2013
Trigger Warning: This post contains descriptions of sexual assault that may be triggering for survivors.
Project Unbreakable, an organization started in 2011 by then-19-year-old Grace Brown, is an ongoing photo project that centers on survivors of sexual assault. Victims write quotes or stories from their assault on white poster board, and Brown photographs them holding the signs. The project has gained media and Internet attention; Brown herself has taken over 300 ... Read More
BY Narciso Espiritu
on Sep 24, 2013
Remember that time you were punk? Like, really, really into the idea: rejecting every established norm, living at the bar, and just doing things to do them. Although I came into the world two years before the Berlin Wall was destroyed, when I discovered punk culture in the late 90s, almost every idea I encountered stuck with me—the rejection of the majority, the music industry, the establishment, utopian fantasies and, primarily, just being myself, ... Read More
Heidi Holmberg by Ashlee Wells Jackson
We all know that pregnant women are beautiful. Many mothers-to-be sit for professional portrait photographs so that they can remember their glowing, fertile bodies as time goes by. These are images that they will one day show their children. My mother is not one of these mothers; we never took a traditional family photograph. Photographs of my mother that I’ve found over the years have all been post-pregnancy ... Read More
Growing up, Jane Goodall was my absolute heroine. Listening to her speak about her experiences with chimpanzees was so incredibly moving to me as a little girl; I felt that the creatures she had lived with were the embodiments of pure generosity, emotional truth, and tenderness. Luckily, a few rare and special photographs can capture the depth of the humanity of species like the chimpanzee and others who share so much of our DNA.
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Every woman has a different answer to the question, “How did I become the woman I am today?” For many of us, this question is so complex it probably couldn’t be answered in under a thousand words. Luckily for us, a picture is worth at least that much. Awe-inspiring and prolific photographer Justine Kurland once told me, “Every woman artist must go through a phase of self-portraiture at some point in her life.” I agree; the way ... Read More
BY Katie Fustich
on Aug 26, 2013
“I feel I inhabit (and perhaps even embody) a crossroads,” says Moroccan artist Lalla Essayadi. She is one of twelve female photographers from the Middle East whose work is set to be showcased in the exhibition “She Who Tells a Story” at Boston’s Museum of Fine Art. The crossroads that Essayadi speaks of is a focal point of the showcase, which comes at a time when the face of the Middle East is ever-changing and the strands of ... Read More
BY Mary Grace Garis
on Jul 09, 2013
In my world, wearing someone's flannels and ripped jeans is usually the before or after of getting laid. Standard fair, to be honest. I never had any of my love interests to do the same and commit to the whole 4-inch heels and ruffled mini-dress thing though. One of them put on my camisole as a joke, but nobody ever immerses themselves in the full Mary Grace experience. Maybe for the best.
With all this said, there are two things I'm certain of: I really, ... Read More