‘A Woman’s Work’ started out as a set of eighteen portraits of beautiful, imaginative and strong women in creative and unusual, predominantly male professions. Photographer Beta Bajgart has extended the collection into a beautiful coffee table book that was launched by The Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald on 8th March 2017 in the Dublin Castle. Proceeds from the book are going to charities. So far the book has raised €1,800,- for the Women For Election campaign and €1,830,- for Tiglin women’s rehabilitation centre. Words were written by Jennifer Davidson.
Beta works as a commercial photographer but in her personal photography projects, she is more interested in people and their stories. A Woman’s Work is a testament to brave women who are following their dreams. Some changed paths and some had to adjust to new circumstances and change profession. They all have one thing in common: they are truly inspiring. This series of photographs documents the modern woman’s struggle to fully embrace their creative and professional passions.
With this project Beta hopes that younger girls will view the women photographed in this collection as role models. And for all women, no matter what age, to be inspired by these dynamic, strong women to cherish their own strength. It is never too late to make a change.
Beta is a freelance photographer based in Dublin. Originally from the Czech Republic, she moved to Ireland in 2004. Her commercial photos regularly feature in magazines and online platforms. She works as stills photographer on RTE’s Fair City.
In her creative work, Beta has always been drawn towards people, constantly searching for new ways of telling a story about a person in one frame as in her 2012 collection Dreams, where she explored possibilities of long exposure. Her black and white collection When Kids Are Asleep focused on still subjects that she found at home.
Writer, recovering Development Producer, feminist, culchie, Jennifer’s work includes Fair City, the award winning short film Waiting for Tom, the live drama Broga ‘s’ Stocai as part of Seomra a Se for TG4 and the IFTA nominated young people’s series Primary School Musical. Before taking the plunge and working full time as a writer, she spent ten years working on documentaries and factual tv programmes. In those years, she spent a lot of time teasing out stories, encouraging other people to tell their own stories in their own words. That experience and creative understanding shapes her work as a writer every day.