We often talk about the ‘godfathers’ of a creative practice. Alfred Hitchcock is the godfather of cinema. Nas is the godfather of Hip Hop. Frank Lloyd Wright is the godfather of 20th century architecture. But what about the women? We often forget the godmothers of our industries who not only led the way for more women to enter creative roles, but fundamentally inspired and changed the nature of their chosen practice.
A new book from Prestel Portrait of an Artist is attempting to highlight these innovators through equally creative means by way of Hugo Huerta Marin’s intimate and candid polaroid photography. The pages feature the likes of Yoko Ono, Tracey Emin, Annie Lennox, Debbie Harry, and Miuccia Prada – just to name a few – culminating in a minimalistic hardback of never-before-published interviews. Marin has spent over seven years on the project, collecting interviews as he travels to these women’s homes and workspaces around the world.
“Portrait of an Artist,” says Marin, “is a project inspired by remarkable female artists that shifted the culture by shaking the structures of our established belief systems. They have no rules. They break all the borders. And their voice should resonate throughout the new generations of artists.”