Photographer explores the female gaze in delicate but deliberate shots

You’re probably familiar with the ‘male gaze’, a term coined in 1975 by feminist critic Laura Mulvey, and you’ve certainly come into contact with it if you’ve seen a single film, photograph or television show in your lifetime, so pervasively masculine is the point of view of most cameras.

30 of the most powerful Independent photographs

Imaginative use of photography was an early achievement of The Independent, and an enduring trademark. A combination of talented photojournalists, picture editors, designers and editors were able to capture arresting pictures and make the best use of them. This skill, surprisingly, had been neglected by newspapers at the time, and others soon tried to follow The Independent’s lead. Here photographers tell the stories behind the pictures, from war photography, through news stories and portraits to the more homely, and quirky, depictions of British life.

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Hajj pilgrimage in pictures

Almost two million Muslims made the Hajj pilgrimage this week, despite stampedes causing the deaths of more than 2000 people last year. Photographer Nariman El-Mofty captured the faithful on the first day of Eid in Mina