femLENS, the Estonia-based volunteer organisation dedicated to empowering women by teaching them documentary photography, announced the publication of the We See magazine’s third issue. Produced entirely in-house by a team of volunteer writers, editors and designers, We See magazine highlights the creative work of women who do not have professional photography training but instead have participated in documentary photography workshops organised by femLENS.
The third issue of We See magazine explores the intersections of women’s storytelling, female migration and human rights through the images and stories of women themselves living these experiences. Work by Rasha Rahhal, from Syria now living in Berlin; Halima Al-Haj Ali from Shatila Refugee Camp in Lebanon; Maria Paula Sanchez from Colombia who is studying in Berlin; and Anna Thereza Prates Grillo, originally from Brazil and also living in Berlin is featured in the current issue. We See magazine is unique in that it provides a platform for both visual and traditional storytelling by women who historically have been excluded from the discourse on the basis of economic, geographic or cultural barriers.
“We See magazine is a reflection of the work we’ve done with the women we’ve met over the past year. The magazine format takes the work of the participants to new audiences all around the world who cannot attend our exhibitions and who want to know more than what’s available on our website,” explains femLENS founder, Jekaterina Saveljeva.
Furthermore, We See magazine offers a rare point of view in the currently crowded media landscape. Saveljeva continues: “A printed magazine that doesn’t advertise anything, that doesn’t objectify anyone or sell anything, that is made by the community, today has a special role to play in the cultural production of modern society.”