Petra Collins' new Book Looks Back at her Influence on Today's Photography Landscape
There's not denying that we're fans of Photographer Petra Collins, having featured her attention-grabbing, poetically vibrant work before. But boasting that we've always been fans of such an amazing creative aside, what's more important is her standing with the modern landscape of photography. Having starting at just 15 years old capturing her fellow teen peers, Collins has gone on to capture the likes of Lil Yachty to Kim Kardashian. More than that though, her ability to perfectly portray the female gaze and highlight elements of femininity, coupled with her unique aesthetic, makes her a true bastion of the progression and activism of culture through the art of photography.
Her latest project, a new photo book aptly entitled Coming of Age, explores her own past works, specifically focusing on the "complexities of being a female creative"; a selected archive of her images that represent the important truths behind women of all ages, color, and background. In addition to Collins' images, the book also features an introduction by artist, photographer and filmmaker Laurie Simmons, as well as a conversation between Collins and artist Marilyn Minter that delves into the realities of being a creative female within a digital age. Have a look at a few excerpts from Coming of Age throughout, then head here to look into getting yourself a copy.
Words: Alexander Lendrum
Photography: Petra Collins