Sarah Waldron

Interviews

What Grief and Loss Look Like, in Photos

What does it mean to lose something, or someone, dear to you? Photographer Clare Hewitt was mourning the death of her grandmother when she met a stroke victim who had lost part of her sight.
Sarah Waldron
1.10.17
Photos

The Photographer Showing Burkinis in Objective, Abstract Light

Melina Papageorgiou's hazy, sun-soaked images from Abu Dhabi don't just challenge stereotypes about Muslim women—they also focus a critical eye on the negativity surrounding the swimwear two-piece.
Sarah Waldron
12.1.16
Photos

Celebrating the Power of Female Arab Athletes Through Photographs

When "Active Arab Women" photographer Lara Al-Hadeedi grew frustrated with the stereotypes surrounding Middle Eastern women and sports, she decided to take matters into her own hands.
Sarah Waldron
11.7.16
Interviews

'How Do You Bring a Body Home?': The Woman Forced to Carry an Unviable Pregnancy

In Ireland, abortion is forbidden in nearly all circumstances—including if the fetus has a fatal genetic condition. Under this dehumanizing law, Claire Cullen-Delsol was forced to continue her pregnancy despite knowing the child would die after birth.
Sarah Waldron
10.20.16
Photos

‘I Want Every Girl to Look Powerful’: The Intoxicating Photos of Hailun Ma

China-born, Brooklyn-residing photographer Hailun Ma is inspired by everything from the Chinese royal family to Cindy Sherman.
Sarah Waldron
9.9.16
Photos

‘This Is How I Feel’: The Photographer Documenting Her Bipolar Mother

Brooklyn photographer Melissa Spitz has spent years documenting her bipolar mom for a project called "You Have Nothing to Worry About." The resulting images are a shocking, honest, and intimate portrait of a mother-daughter relationship.
Sarah Waldron
9.4.16
Photos

The Guts and the Glory of Being on an All-Female Sports Team

Brown University is one of the few colleges that recognize women's rugby as a fully-fledged varsity sport. In "The Bears," photographer Alejandra Carles-Tolra captures the agony and ecstasy of being on an elite college athlete.
Sarah Waldron
7.5.16
uk

The Mother of Modern Witchcraft Was Also a Pro-Choice Spy

Doreen Valiente is best known for popularizing the Wiccan craft, and her work is now being celebrated in a new exhibition in the UK. But she was also many other things, including a World War II spy.
Sarah Waldron
4.14.16
Broadly

The 17th Century Painter and Rape Victim Who Specialized in Revenge Fantasy

Artemisia Gentileschi was raped when she was 19. In her career as one of Italy's greatest painters, she resurrected and exorcized that trauma again and again.
Sarah Waldron
12.22.15
Culture

The Forgotten Egyptologist and First Wave Feminist Who Invented Wicca

Margaret Murray discovered the existence of covens and witches' sabbaths in 1921. There was one problem: She was wrong.
Sarah Waldron
10.30.15
Essays

What It's Like to Grow Up in a Haunted House

My siblings and I always loved scaring each other, but that all changed when my sister started seeing the Boy in Blue.
Sarah Waldron
10.29.15
Beauty

How Ireland's Inner Beauty Pageant Is Getting a Makeover

For one week in August, Ireland tunes in to watch The Rose of Tralee, the country's biggest celebration of inner beauty. Today, women in Ireland are pushing to change the pageant from the inside, but not burn it down.
Sarah Waldron
8.27.15