Photographing the Female is a global platform and exhibition that explores female identity through the lens of contemporary lens-based artists. Formed to reflect on the diverse state, condition and role of the female around the world today we are using the power of photography to inspire new ways of seeing, push female narratives to the forefront of social storytelling and build community around boundary-breaking storytelling.

The Willow School is excited to host Danish photographer and curator Sarah Høilund’s Photographing the Female from July 18-25. Showcasing photographers from 16 different countries, her vision brings together a global exhibition that explores female identity and representation through the lens of contemporary photography.

Each artist’s photographic practice explores a unique, contemporary female experience, often while engaging with historically central themes such as the body, sense of self, conformity, and stigmatization. This group of international photographers speaks to us from a myriad of vantage points, uncovering social and personal realities that challenge perceptions of what it means to be female, inviting the viewer to consider the consequences of society’s prescribed roles.


Photographing the Female is as much a meditation on medium as it is on subject. As an extension of human memory, photography is a way of visually archiving the stories we deem important. Photographs help us reflect on, identify, and ultimately understand our collective and individual selves. This exhibit contemplates the role of photography in our contemporary world of images and emphasizes the need to bring female narratives to the forefront of our social storytelling.

tasneem-alsultan-image-from-her-series-saudi-tales-of-love-2016An opening reception will be held on Tuesday July 18th from 6-8pm. All are welcome, and refreshments will be served. Following the opening, gallery hours will vary, with some daytime and evening hours. Guests can enjoy the show from 10am-1pm on the 19th, 24th, and 25th, or from 2-4pm on the weekend, July 22nd & 23rd. The gallery will also be open on Thursday, July 20th, from 6 to 8pm.



Parents, be advised that there is some imagery in the exhibit that may not be appropriate for children. Please use your discretion.

For more about Photographing the Female, visit