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Melissa Ann Pinney

Melissa Ann Pinney

 
 
About the Artist

Melissa is an American photographer based in Evanston, IL.

melissaannpinney.com

 

Female identity is the subject of my life’s work. Not exclusively of course—I’ve photographed many different things in my career—but no matter the subject, I’ve always made work with a feminist eye. To me that means acknowledging the subjects that we don't value or honor, or that are considered taboo in patriarchal culture. Pregnancy in the workplace has been one of those subjects. That’s precisely why it is important to take a close look at it.

So when I set out to photograph Eva for Showing, a social worker working at NorthwesternI photographed her on her way to work, both standing on the ‘L’ platform, and on the train itself– the assignment felt like a continuation of my own work.

 
 
 
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Eva, social worker, on the Purple Line

2012, © Melissa Ann Pinney

 
 
 
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Flower Girl with Her Mother and Grandmother

1991, © Melissa Ann Pinney

 
 
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disney world

1999, © Melissa Ann Pinney

 

I’ve had three books published, two about American women and girls. The first, Regarding Emma: Photographs of American Women and Girls, was published in 2003. Girl Ascending followed in 2010. Right now, I’m working on the final volume in the trilogy, Rise Up. Rise Up is an homage to the fierceness in girls, who, with all their imagination and joy, rise through the perils and everyday sexism of patriarchal culture. I’m interested in picturing the subtle oppression that permeates the lives of girls, and celebrating the ways girls transcend that oppression to gain agency and advocate for themselves.

 
 
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The Real, Live Barbie at Target

1998, © Melissa Ann Pinney

 
 
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Portia Tree

2002, © Melissa Ann Pinney

 
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Kiara and Emma, Painted to Look Like Sisters

2001, © Melissa Ann Pinney

 
 
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Team, Evanston

2006, © Melissa Ann Pinney

 
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Girl Ascending

2004, © Melissa Ann Pinney

 
 
 
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Teen Couple, Ballroom Dance

2008, © Melissa Ann Pinney

 
 
 
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Lake Michigan

2009, © Melissa Ann Pinney

 
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Annie

2009, © Melissa Ann Pinney

 
 
 
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Girl in the Blue Dress

2006, © Melissa Ann Pinney

 
 
 
 
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Birthday Party

2004, © Melissa Ann Pinney

 
 
 
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Mingus and Maria

2013, © Melissa Ann Pinney

 
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Mother and Daughter—Maui

2011, © Melissa Ann Pinney

 
 
 
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Sweet Sixteen

2013, © Melissa Ann Pinney

 
 
 
 
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Girls

2019, © Melissa Ann Pinney

 
 
 

Friends

2019, © Melissa Ann Pinney

 
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Girl Talk

2018, © Melissa Ann Pinney

 
 
 
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Julie

2017, © Melissa Ann Pinney

 
 
 

Ritz Pool

2001, © Melissa Ann Pinney

 
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Stephanie

2019, © Melissa Ann Pinney