Activist Photography and Its Usage in Women's Movements: Guerrilla Girls and FEMEN

OSKAY H. A., Ozkan S.

ARCHIV ORIENTALNI, vol.87, no.2, pp.267-293, 2019 (AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 87 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.267-293
  • Kocaeli University Affiliated: Yes


This article examines the role of photography in the organization and actualization of social movements, and how it has depended on technological developments. The study reveals the transformation of activist movements, which began as gangsterism, from the early days until today and discusses the shifting of methods to the digital environment with the support of technological developments. The human communities that pour out into the streets to awaken the masses, can now let millions hear their voices within a single photo frame. In this context, as a branch of activist movements, photographs of the two most visible women's organizations (Guerrilla Girls and FEMEN) are analyzed. The use of the photograph by non-governmental organizations - and whether the organization's objectives are concordant with the visual content - are discussed.