Podcast: Silent Collaboration—Gulnara Samoilova and “Women Street Photographers”


What is street photography? Is it an urban exercise? Is it black-and-white or color? Is it collaborative or solitary? Can it be an intimate portrait or a long-term project? These are some of the questions we ask of our guest on today’s episode of the B&H Photography Podcast. And Gulnara Samoilova does not take the bait. Samoilova is interested in expanding street photography, not limiting it with a definition. To her, and as is represented beautifully by the new book she edited, street photography is all of the above—it can happen anywhere, and it is simply “unplanned photos taken in public places.”

In addition to be being an editor and curator and the founder of the @womenstreetphotographers Instagram feed, Samoilova is an accomplished photographer herself, and we spend the first half of the show talking street photo practices and how she uses verbal and nonverbal communication to interact with subjects, how she holds the camera, and how a location may affect the style of a photo. She also mentions that she has been a FUJIFILM X shooter for some time.

In the second half of the show, we focus on Women Street Photographers, the new book edited by Samoilova, which profiles one hundred street photographers from around the world, and we find out how this book was edited and produced and about some of the photographers included. Join us for this insightful discussion.

Guest: Gulnara Samoilova

Photograph © Gulnara Samoilova

Myanmar © Gulnara Samoilova
New York City © Gulnara Samoilova
Ufa, Bashkiria © Gulnara Samoilova
© Gulnara Samoilova
Cover, Women Street Photographers edited by Gulnara Samoilova © Prestel Verlag, Munich London New York, 2020.
“Untitled”; From Women Street Photographers, © Nina Welch-King, 2018
“A Dance of Joy”; From Women Street Photographers, © Regula Tschumi, 2019
“Tokyo Smokers”; From Women Street Photographers, © Hazel Hankin, 2007
“A Night Bus in Kolkota, India”; © Emily Garthwaite, 2017
“The Serpentine”; From Women Street Photographers, © Efrat Sela, 2007
“Sleeping Beauty”; From Women Street Photographers, © Elena Alexandra, 2019
“Materic Water #1”; From Women Street Photographers, © Bruna Rotunno, 2011

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