Muses - A Collective Portrait of Trailblazing Women Artists: The B&H Photography Podcast


To create a “collective portrait” of any set of people is difficult, but to do so with twenty-five world-renown women artists is a monumental challenge―one that our guests have undertaken and, based on their wonderful book, Portrait of an Artist: Conversations with Trailblazing Creative Women, have accomplished. Equally as impressive is that the book’s author, Hugo Huerta Marin, weaved a personal narrative into this series of interviews and photographs he made of artists he admired, such as Yoko Ono, Cate Blanchett, Inez Van Lamsweerde, and Orlan.

On today’s episode of the B&H Photography Podcast, we speak with Marin about this seven-year project and we also welcome the book’s editor, Anna Godfrey, of Prestel Publishing. The two discuss the selection of subjects, interview techniques, and innovative book design. We also discuss the Polaroid portraits Marin made for the book and the role photography plays in the work of several of the artists profiled. Join us for this insightful conversation on the influence of groundbreaking women artists and on the persistence and collaboration needed to build this collective portrait.

If you are in New York on October 28, 2021, Marina Abramović and Hugo Huerta Marin will host an intimate conversation about creativity, identity, success, and legacy at the global launch of Portrait of an Artist: Conversations with Trailblazing Creative Women, at Fotografiska New York. Tickets are available here.

Guests: Hugo Huerta Marin and Anna Godfrey

Photograph: FKA twigs © Hugo Huerta Marin

Agnès Varda © Hugo Huerta Marin
Catherine Deneuve © Hugo Huerta Marin
Charlotte Gainsbourg © Hugo Huerta Marin
Carrie Mae Weems © Hugo Huerta Marin
Debbie Harry © Hugo Huerta Marin
FKA twigs © Hugo Huerta Marin
Inez Van Lamsweerde © Hugo Huerta Marin
Jenny Holzer © Hugo Huerta Marin
Yoko Ono © Hugo Huerta Marin
Marina Abramović © Hugo Huerta Marin
Cover of “Portrait of an Artist: Conversations with Trailblazing Creative Women” by Hugo Huerta Marin © Prestel Verlag, Munich · London · New York, 2021

Host: Allan Weitz
Senior Creative Producer: John Harris
Senior Producer: Jason Tables
Executive Producer: Shawn C Steiner