Though it’s not Women’s History Month in the US until March, Fototopia gave users an early present. Fotopedia‘s newest iOS app, Fototopia Women of the World showcases images of women from around the globe, with the clarity and insight that fans of the developer have come to expect. The universal app, which includes stunning images and moving photostories, is free to download from the App Store.
The app opens with words from World Bank President Robert B. Zoellick. Zoellick shares the unfortunate fact that “Women make up 50 percent of the global population, 40 percent of the global workforce, yet women own only 1 percent of the world’s wealth.”
Viewers can watch Olivier Martel‘s 482 photos as a slideshow (with only the photo’s location visible at the top of the screen), or move through the app in a more individualized way.
The images are grouped into three overarching categories: Places, People, and Themes. The topics are subdivided again, so that under the theme of Healthcare there are images that cover subjects such as the “Fight Against Malaria” or “Humanitarian Aid.”
When viewing an individual photo the users can favorite the image, get information on the geographic region where the photo was taken, or view images with similar content (e.g. “Murals in Northern Ireland) by selecting a theme from the menu at the bottom of the screen. Tapping the filmstrip icon in the upper-right corner allows users to browse through thumbnails of all of the images under a particular topic, such as “Ceremonies.”
The app offers to connect users to their Facebook accounts to share in-app activity on the popular social network.
Because that viewer has the money to buy the iPad and pay for the Wi-Fi on which to view the app, chances are that he or she lives in a state of comparative wealth when compared many of the women depicted in Women of the World, whether the viewer is male or female. While an app such as Women of the World can’t magically change women’s global situation, browsing through the app allows the viewer a chance to contemplate the images with a minimum of text. Fototopia lack of text allows each reader to bring their own ideas to the images, and makes using the app a more personal experience.