Monique Jacot Is The Pioneering Female Photographer You Don't Know, But Should

January 6, 2015 2:02 PM

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Monique Jacot Is The Pioneering Female Photographer You Don't Know, But Should

Some know her as a socio-political reporter, documenting women’s rights protests and interviewing women at work in offices, factories and farms. Others know her for her photojournalism work in publications such as Elle and Vogue. Or maybe you're more familiar with her chronicling of poor social hygiene around the world -- from the United States to East Asia -- on behalf of the World Health Organization. Then again, maybe you recognize her from her more poetic works, whether they be atmospheric photos of the circus or surreal photograms, the result of hours of darkroom experimentation.

Jacot, a Swiss photographer born in 1934, constantly teetered between art and activism, recording and rebellion, documentary and imagination. Her style was as fluid as her subject matter, which spanned the injustices of everyday life to the stretches of the mind's eye. Her inspiration was the world ...

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