Don't Smile is devoted to exclusively showcasing the work of self-identifying women photographers. 

Don't Smile's purpose is simple - to carve out a space both online and in-print exclusively dedicated for showcasing exceptional photography by women, both established and emerging. It aims to aid in the shift to a more inclusive industry that celebrates extraordinary photographic work by women from all walks of life and backgrounds. 

Everything Don't Smile does - featuring, exhibiting, curating, and publishing female-generated art, as well as donating to charity-serves to bring about opportunities for women photographers and benefit women. In Don't Smile's second year, 127 women were featured. Using 100% of the submission fees collected from Don't Smile's quarterly exhibitions, we were able to donate $3,600 to charities such as Planned Parenthood and Futures Without Violence. 

Founding Editor

Melissa Kreider is a recent MFA graduate of The University of Iowa and holds a BFA in Photography from the University of Akron. Melissa’s work examines the criminal aspects of sexual and domestic violence and aims to create conversation surround the stigma surrounding assault.  She reads more books then she should and owns two cats; a hardened street cat named Asphalt, and a cat with thumbs named Valentino.

You can view Melissa's work here, and read more about it here.


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