The Instagram feed of Women Street Photographers (@womenstreetphotographers), and the traveling exhibition, is a platform of well curated, quality street photography by women.

By focusing strictly on the work of women photographers, we provide the extra exposure for female artists.  Additionally, it is our goal to create visibility for dedicated women street photographers and to encourage other women to follow their passion.

The Instagram feed of Women Street Photographers  (@womenstreetphotographers), and the traveling exhibition, was founded by Gulnara Samoilova, a street and fine art photographer based in New York City. The project began as a personal Instagram catalog for a future exhibition, but has quickly become a popular platform for both amateur and professional women photographers. 

With over 30 years combined experience as a documentary photographer, artist, photojournalist, and a photo editor for the Associated Press, Gulnara employs her experience and qualifications to research and curate an impressive body of work by women photographers from around the globe.  


About Artspace PS109


El Barrio’s Artspace PS109 is a community-driven project which has transformed an abandoned public school building in East Harlem into an arts facility with 89 units of affordable live/work housing for artists and their families and 10,000 square feet of complementary space for arts organizations.

PS109 is an amazing building. Designed by Charles B.J. Snyder and completed in 1898, this structure is five stories tall with a steeply pitched roof. Exterior details include several copper-clad cupolas and a wealth of decorative terra cotta. 

PS109 contains 89 units of affordable live/work housing for artists and their families with 3,000 square feet available for a resident gallery in addition to 10,000 square feet of non-residential space for arts and cultural organizations on the ground floor and lower level.


About Artspace


Artspace is non-profit organization that uses the tools of real estate development to create affordable, appropriate places where artists can live and work. They consistently develop these projects in ways that also support more stable, healthy communities anchored in existing assets. Because Artspace owns each of the projects it develops, they are able to ensure that they remain affordable and accessible to artists in perpetuity. Over the last three decades, Artspace has led an accelerating national movement of artist-led community transformation. With headquarters in Minneapolis and offices in Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, Seattle and Washington D.C., Artspace is America’s leading developer of arts facilities and has served as a consultant to hundreds of communities and arts organizations nationwide. 


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Groundbreaking exhibit of women street photographers to open at El Barrio's Artspace PS109 in New York City

New York, NY, December 3, 2018 – The work of 75 women street photographers from 26 countries was on display at El Barrio’s Artspace PS109. Curated by the Pulitzer Prize nominated photographer Gulnara Samoilova, the exhibit is a companion project of the WomenStreetPhotographers Instagram page, of which Samoilova is the founder. 

There was also a solo exhibition of the work of Brooklyn-based photographer Gisele Duprez.

Submissions came from photographers featured on the Instagram page and were juried by Samoilova. They span the genre of street photography, with a common theme of being shot candidly in public. The international group of photographers includes some of the most notable names working in the field today.

The event was held in two galleries at El Barrio’s Artspace PS109, the community-centered arts facility in East Harlem that was once an abandoned public school. El Barrio’s Artspace is at 215 E. 99th Street New York, NY, 10029.

The exhibit was on display from December 18 to January 2.


Contact: Gulnara Samoilova

Email: gulnarastreets@gmail.com