I was very lucky during the early planning of the film to connect with Mitzi Valenzuela of Mitzi and Co Photography. I knew that I wanted to follow a female photographer, rather than a male photographer, partially because of the theme of Maria Elena Buszek’s book, which traces the feminist history of the pin up. Her book discusses women creating and constructing the images. I wanted in some ways to see if that existed in contemporary times, and it seemed that by following a female photographer that would be a bit “cleaner” (of course, I didn’t realize at the time that the pin ups would have such a clear girl power agenda).
Mitzi has surrounded herself with a group of co-collaborators who are very adamant about their ownership of their image making and the role/intent they have by creating the pin up poses. Mitzi’s a bit more circumspect.
But she does first and foremost consider herself an artist.