From equipment designed by men for men to clients assuming theyre the makeup artist, female photographers are still fighting against the tide
Push-ups and photography arent normal bed partners. But when Cybele Malinowski was starting out as a young photography assistant in 2005, she was told to do 100 push-ups a day. The reason? To match the strength of a man.
Its extremely physically demanding work, recalls Sydney-based Malinowski, now 37. Camera and lighting equipment has historically been designed by men for men.
As her career gathered pace, Malinowski battled discrimination beyond heavy gear. Often when she arrived on set, the client would assume that her male assistant was the photographer, or that she was the makeup artist or stylist. More recently, when she became pregnant, Malinowski suddenly found herself losing jobs: clients told her they feared she just wasnt up to it.