Photographing The Women of the 116th Congress: Biz Herman and Beth Flynn

Photographing The Women of the 116th Congress: Biz Herman and Beth Flynn

A record number of women joined the ranks of the 116th Congress in the 2018 elections, and photojournalist Elizabeth “Biz” Herman pitched the New York Times on photographing them. Along with portraitist Celeste Sloman, the duo photographed 130 or 131 women in congress in six days, and then worked with photo editors Beth Flynn and Marisa Schwartz Taylor to put together print and online editions that launched in January 2019.

In this episode of Vision Slightly Blurred recorded live at Photoville 2019, Sarah and Allen have an in-depth interview with Herman and Flynn on how the project went from inception to execution, herding cats and convincing Republicans, and the associated book that is being published by Abrams on October 15, 2019. Get your copy now!

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Allen Murabayashi is the Chairman and co-founder of PhotoShelter.

There are 3 comments for this article
  1. Steve Miller at 10:17 am

    Between this article and the “Diversity” article, I guess Photoshelter concerns itself more with being “woke” than being a photography company. Fortunately, capitalism is still alive and I can still CHOOSE to not do business with this nonsense.

  2. Teresa at 7:46 am

    This is great. It was really great to hear about how photographers and editors work together. Their advice on pitching was very useful as well.

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