May 9, 2011 | Source: Monroe Gallery of Photography

Two seemingly disparate blog posts caught our attention today:

Image #1 for 2011: WOMEN IN PHOTOGRAPHY

Hillary Clinton, Audrey Tomason go missing in Situation Room photo in Der Tzitung newspaper

The Washington Post
By Melissa Bell

Update: Der Tzitung responded in an emailed statement, that the photo editor did not read the fine print on the picture and the newspaper has since apologized to the White House and State Department. "In accord with our religious beliefs, we do not publish photos of women, which in no way relegates them to a lower status... Because of laws of modesty, we are not allowed to publish pictures of women, and we regret if this gives an impression of disparaging to women, which is certainly never our intention. We apologize if this was seen as offensive." Read the full statement at the bottom of this post.

Why Is a Photojournalist's Gender Relevant to Their Work?

Black Star Rising
by Paul Melcher
I've never been able to identify a photojournalist's gender from the photos she takes. Have you?

When Margaret Bourke-White photographed the Nazi death camps for Life magazine, no one cared if she was a woman or not. Her images told the story and that was that.

So why is it so important for some photographers to define themselves as "women photojournalists," rather than simply as "photojournalists"?   Full post here. One rebuke here.

We are not sure if there is a broader context to these two posts....your thoughts?

Tags: women photographers photojournalism gender situation room photograph