Melanie Abrams has a great piece in The Guardian today on female war photographers — including Gerda Taro, who took this picture of a woman trainee in 1936 — which includes some arresting photos. While they admit it can be harder to be taken seriously by their colleagues, some of the photogs find that being female can make it easier to get stories when government officials or combatants don't take them seriously. Others note that, as women, they often notice things — like refugees and the women left behind — that their male colleagues miss. [The Guardian, The Guardian]
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It'd be interesting to learn more about the type of training the woman in the photo took, I can't imagine any kind of training where you were taught to hold a gun in that fashion, unless she posed for the camera.