New East Digital Archive

In focus: 29 women photographers picturing the new east

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With cameras in hand, women are leading the way in defining the visual identity of the new east. Reclaiming their gaze from a conservative, male-dominated society, they are exploring gender roles and sexuality, myths and archetypes, the body, landscape and the urban environment. Here's our pick of the female photographers at the head of the pack in picturing the new east.