Power in Place (PiP)-Women in American Politics and Settings of Inspiration is a project for which we are currently seeking funding. Our goal is to photograph women holding political office throughout the nation.
As a political photographer, I'm inspired by this subject matter because I have come to witness a heartening increase of women in political roles and it is no longer an anomaly for my subjects to be female.
With this change has come a more equitable expression of the nation’s democratic values. Because of their unique life experiences, women place a certain emphasis on important issues of our day such as healthcare, education, childcare, and reproductive rights. Also, in an era of political gridlock and bipartisan rancor, women are focused on effective resolution over party rhetoric. Our project aims to celebrate the achievements of these remarkable women, increasing their visibility while spotlighting this momentous shift in our political landscape.
For this photographic tribute, we chose portraiture as the medium of expression. However, by asking these politicians to choose their own settings—locations and environments important to them for a multitude of personal reasons—these portraits are brought to a further level of intimacy. Their chosen settings are a key to their personalities, as well as a bridge between past and present.
In terms of our intended subjects, we plan to showcase a vast cross-section of women in public office—high-profile figures, newly elected legislators, and rising stars.
Our primary motivation for this is to provide an inspirational touchstone for generations of women in the future, the schoolgirls and teenagers of today who will be tomorrow’s mayors, congresswomen, and presidents.With your contribution you can be a vital part of our project. And help make political gender parity a reality.
Where the money goes- This past summer, we embarked on a whistle-stop tour across our nation to photograph these incredible women. Now we are gearing up for a journey through the southern half of the nation and we need your support to make this a reality. Your donations will go directly toward the many costs involved in making such an endeavor possible.
Our goals for 2016-
- Media hub in a women’s magazine, highlighting select portraits
- Coffee table book timed with the 2016 Presidential election
- Photo exhibits at Presidential Convention sites
- College tour with accompanying slide show and discussions with students and local female elected officials
Role Modeling via Positive Imagery- We live in a hyper-visual world, where people are relating and seeing themselves through images. This project works within that reality to present positive role models; inspiring young women to pursue public office themselves by making politics accessible to them.
Why now & 2016 College Tour- Capitalizing on the energy and momentum surrounding the 2016 election and Secretary of State Clinton's presidential bid, we envision sharing Power in Place as a slide show on college campuses. The presentation to the student body along with a local participating elected official would be centered on the role of women in our political landscape. By speaking directly to young women at a critical phase in their political consciousness, our aim is to empower female students to pursue leadership careers.
Our Bios- Katrina Hajagos began her career as a photojournalist, publishing her work in The New York Times, Newsweek, and Newsday. She was Hillary Clinton’s campaign senate photographer from 1999-2000. Subsequently, she has photographed Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, State Senator Wendy Davis, as well as countless politicians across the board. During her career, she has documented the rising tide of women in politics.
Priya George was a producer for the Brian Lehrer Show––winner of the George Foster Peabody Award for Media Excellence––at WNYC, the nation's largest public radio station. She has worked in the realm of urban policy and public affairs, as well as gender equity, and has served as consultant for social media and public relations strategies.
Whip your bag or lapel into shape with this sharp and sassy pin elegantly designed with the idea that any girl can be president, if they see it, they can be it.
Gary Walsh Tote, better than the Leviathan, carry everything that Gary would, tissues, hand sanitizer, books, and snacks.
Treat Yo’self to these PiP T’s, in both women's (the Donna Meagle) and men’s (the Tom Haverford) styles. A day in the park for some recreation will never be the same.
What better tribute to PiP than planting an Oak Tree. For 50 people we’ll plant a majestic oak in your honor from Power in Place. One tree for each of the 50 States and 50 percent which would be perfect gender parity. This is the Ron Swanson of gifts, strong, sturdy and iconic.
The CJ Cregg Canister, named after a woman who’s one tall drink of water. Wet your whistle before you fast talk into a debate or while you’re briskly walking through the halls of power.
Eager to contribute but can’t decide which gift you want to get? Want the full package? Get the Leslie Knope, the tote full of goodies (political pin, water canister, and T-shirt).
PiP’s Pinhole book, the Alicia Florrick, a sleek, smart and stylish photo book highlighting 30 Power in Place portraits and stories, edited by us.
Want a Pinhole book, but want to exercise some more control? Channel Claire Underwood and pick which portraits you like the most and receive a personalized Pinhole Power in Place photo book.
Feeling presidential? The Selina Meyer Personal Slide Show Presentation, for $5000 we’ll come and present the entire project to you and your friends or organization. We could also bring pizza, although not from the beltway!
A. Female or Male T-Shirt B. Political Button C. Tote Bag D. Pinhole Press Photo Book
Risks and challenges
Our travels are already underway and portraits are being taken. Priya and I are mastering the art of cheap travel by taking buses, trains, staying at Airbnbs and working out of coffee shops in between shoots and interviews. So there should be no worries about wasting your donation. We are wholeheartedly committed to Power in Place and representing women at all levels of government throughout this nation. Our goal is to reach every state in the country.
So far we’ve photographed women in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, California, Arizona, Colorado, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, and Kansas.
In September our travels included Oregon, Washington, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
Our greatest challenge, however, is time. We have a lot to do and not a lot of time to do it in! We want to have a self-published book ready for the 2016 presidential conventions in addition to exhibiting the work at each hosting city. We're also planning for a robust college tour of the portraits as a traveling slide show at two and four year colleges and universities in September & October of 2016.
Ambitious? Completely!!! We are thinking and planning on a grand scale. Using the political momentum already surrounding the 2016 election, we want to be in a position to maximize the media and hype around women in politics. And in the larger picture, we just want to inspire more women to enter politics and public service.
If you have any questions or concerns about the project, please don't hesitate to contact us!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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