Skater Girls

Jenny Sampson

Book Details

Paper over board
ISBN-13: 9781942084853
96 pages; 60 Black and white Photographs
7 x 9  inches
$45 US; $58.99 CAN 

"Jenny Sampson's collection of portraits encourages us to re-examine our assumptions of who is a skateboarder, by acknowledging the variety of gender expressions that are cultivated in and articulated through skateboarding." -  BBC News in Pictures, August 12, 2020

"Jenny Sampson’s series “Skate Girls” discusses the rich culture of female skateboarders using the wet plate collodion process to display the endless camaraderie, openness, and creativity." -  Analog Forever MagazineSummer 2020 Issue.

"Using the old tintype technique for her pictures gives the motifs an exciting dimension from a photo-historic perspective, because, in the early days of the new medium, photography was considered a purely male undertaking." -  Leica Fotografie InternationalSeptember 15, 2020

Also featured in:

All-About-PhotoCreative Boom (UK)Arts Konbini (France)Girl Talk HQGirl is NOT a 4 Letter WordL’Oeil de la PhotographieAnalog Forever MagazineShots Magazine (Winter 2020 Issue)Leica Fotografie International, and Lomography.

Photographs by Jenny Sampson

Foreword by Becky Beal

Jenny Sampson’s follow-up to her acclaimed collection of tintype skateboarder portraits (Skaters, Daylight 2017) focuses on female skateboarders. Although historically a male-dominated sport, there have always been girls in the skateboarding landscape. By turning her lens on these members of the community all over California, Washington and Oregon, Sampson hopes to increase visibility and honor these girls, young and older, who have been breaking down this gender wall with their skater girl power.

Jenny Sampson is a photographer based in Berkeley, CA whose first book Skaters (Daylight 2017) made waves within the extreme sports community and beyond. Her tintype photographs are in numerous private collections.

Cindy Whitehead was one of the first professional female skateboarders, a Skateboard Hall of Fame Inductee and is now a ‘sports stylist’ for stars around the world. Her first book IT’S NOT ABOUT PRETTY: A Book About Radical Skater Girls was released in 2017.

Becky Beal, PhD, is a Professor of Kinesiology at California State University in Hayward, CA, where she teaches classes in the sociology and philosophy of sport. For nearly thirty years she has researched and written about the cultural and political dynamics of skateboarding.