In her 1971 landmark essay, “Why Have there Been No Great Women Artists,” art historian Linda Nochlin concisely outlined the long-held patriarchal power structures that have allowed the contributions of female artists to be eclipsed from history. “The fault lies not in our stars, our hormones, our menstrual cycles, or our empty internal spaces,” Read More
“One of the great things about working for 40 years and being 190 years old is you get to see history,” the photographer Tina Barney, who is 72 years old, told a rapt audience last week. She paused for a bit, then continued, “You see so much in 40 years, and yet not much has Read More
Iwona Blazwick, Director of the Whitechapel Gallery announced Helen Cammock as the seventh winner of the prize at a ceremony at the Whitechapel Gallery on 16 April 2018. Cammock was selected from a shortlist of artists including Céline Condorelli, Eloise Hawser, Athena Papadopoulos and Mandy El-Sayegh.
Photography in India is a paradox. There are ample commercial opportunities, but few schools devoted to the medium. So, for the people of the world’s seventh largest country — with a population expected to overtake China — choosing a career in photography means either learning on the job or studying outside the country.
“There is very Read More
National Portrait Gallery, London
This captivating show proves that the most exciting thing happening in Victorian art was photography, and the bold and revolutionary Julia Margaret Cameron was the greatest British artist of her day.
Two young women stand side by side in the bright light of a window. One looks dreamily into the light, the other Read More
“For decades, the feminist artist was pushed to the sidelines.Relevant once again, she can no longer be ignored.
IN A LARGE, low-lit room is a triangle-shaped table arranged with 39 place settings, the site of a distinguished gathering. It is laid with plates that rise a few inches off the table, as Read More
“The 2018 India Art Fair is set to showcase work by some of South Asia’s best contemporary female artists. Among them are Mithu Sen, whose paintings and installations explore desire, eroticism and sexuality; Tayeba Lipi, a multimedia artist who broaches hard-hitting topics like feminism and transgender rights; and Tanya Goel, who makes her own pigments Read More
“British Vogue has stopped employing the star photographers Mario Testino and Bruce Weber “for the foreseeable future” after multiple allegations of sexual exploitation of male models in the US.
“A photograph believed to be of Gerda Taro, one of the world’s first and greatest war photographers, apparently lying on her deathbed in a hospital during the Spanish civil war, has been found 80 years after she was killed.
The photograph was published on Twitter several days ago by John Kiszely, a retired British lieutenant general, Read More
“As one of this year’s jurors for World Press Photo, I was stunned to learn that over the last ten years, the number of female entrants to the World Press Photo Contest has hovered around 15% (it remained at 15.5% in 2017).
March is Women’s History Month and in the current political and social climate, it’s Read More
“In 2011, Alfredo Jaar presented a modest exhibition, Three Women, at Paris’s Galerie Kamel Mennour. The show included three tiny photographs illuminated by six large paparazzi-like tripods. The contrast in scale was meant to draw attention to the fact that the subjects—all women activists with towering achievements—had been overlooked….
After Jaar completed Three Women—which Read More
WOMEN SEEN BY WOMEN
A special award celebrating the 10th Edition of the Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers juried by Analy Werbin, Senior Curator of the Biennial of Fine Art & Documentary Photography
Selected among 720 entries from 42 countries, and after a preselection done by the curatorial team of the Photography Gala Awards, the Read More
Several new studies examine precisely how much worse women fare in the art market than their male peers. It’s not a pretty picture.
By now, it has been well established that it’s hard for female artists to make it in the art world. But when it comes to attaining art-market success, new research suggests it’s even Read More
Research Paper No.1
Representation of Female Artists in Britain
Research compiled by Charlotte Bonham-Carter
The following report was commissioned by Freelands Foundation in order to establish current and objective data in relation to the representation of female artists. The intention of the report is to contribute to existing debates, as well as to aid the Foundation in making Read More
Research Paper No.2
Representation of Female Artists in Britain in 2016
Research compiled by Charlotte Bonham-Carter
The following report was commissioned by the Freelands Foundation. The intention of the report is to provide up-to-date data on the representation of women in the art world, in order to sustain and provoke a critical awareness of gender parity in the Read More
An Artsy analysis comparing the artist rosters of the 199 female-run and male-run galleries showing at the 16th edition of Art Basel in Miami Beach provides one clue. Dealers who are women are 28% more likely to show artists who are women.
The gender breakdown of artists listed on the websites of the 126 male-run galleries showing at Read More
“These stunning pictures, taken by Marguerite Mespoulet and Madeleine Mignon-Alba during their trip to Ireland in 1913, are believed to be the first color photos of Ireland ever taken.
The French women were part of a world-wide project titled “The Archives of the Planet.” French banker and philanthropist Albert Kahn created the project to compose a “kind Read More
“We are not surprised.
We are gallerists, artists, writers, editors, curators, directors, arts administrators, assistants, and interns – workers of the art world – and we have been groped, undermined, harassed, infantilised, scorned, threatened, and intimidated by those in positions of power who control access to resources and opportunities. We have held our tongues, threatened by Read More
Then and Now: Japanese Women Photographers of the 1970s and ’80s Revealed Through Their Photobooks
“In March 2014, the Hasselblad Foundation presented the Japanese Read More
This is worth a read – wishing we had some stats for photography
“….It’s not that women aren’t pursuing photography careers; they’re actually the majority in undergraduate photography programs. But in professional settings, success often depends on knowing the right people and being able to persuade them of one’s fitness for a job. Those interested in fashion and portrait photography, for example, often get their start as an assistant Read More
Commercialisation, climate change, studio space, censorship? As the art world flocks to Frieze, Nell Frizzell asks what’s on the mind of Marina Abramović, Jeremy Deller, Tacita Dean, Maria Balshaw and more.
To read the answers, go to the direct link.
“While we wait for Nikon to get it together, here are 32 amazing photographers from Women Photograph. Their work spans the globe, shows us stories from all walks of life, tells us about their beauty and struggle, and proves that our diversity is what makes us amazing. Best of all, they’re as diverse as their Read More
“The Art Institute of Chicago is one of the world’s great galleries. Visitors flock to see Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks and Grant Wood’s American Gothic, two of the most recognisable images in modern American art. But what has stunned art collectors is that a photograph of visitors to the Read More
“To prove their new camera is the best camera, Nikon invited 32 photographers from Asia, Africa and the Middle East to test it. You can read their stories of using the camera on the company’s website – Kelvin likes to photograph nature, while Cameron is more of a commercial guy and Mark takes pictures Read More
“Adwoa Aboah is both the poster girl for modern fashion and one of its most vocal critics. The 25-year-old model, who walked the Burberry catwalk on Saturday and Donatella Versace’s Versus show on Sunday, leads discussions around issues from imagery of black women in the media to the impact of Read More
“Sue was a well-known, respected, and liked figure in photography says Anne Braybon, photography historian and curator, and a close friend
Even Sue Steward, a writer who excelled in celebrating lives, might have struggled to write an obituary that unravelled the vibrant meshing of her own. She lived with ferocious energy and enthusiasm, and a genuine gift for friendship Read More
“There are many more women photojournalists than 30 years ago, women are now the majority of the photography program graduates in the leading journalism schools in the United States, and most of the top photo editors at the large publications are women. Still, Ms. Zalcman said the best assignments continue to go overwhelmingly to men.
“When I was a graduate student there weren’t many senior women in my department. There were narratives about them that seemed unique to each woman: One was crazy—I never really understood why, but there were hushed rumours and we were warned to stay away and not work with her. She had some impressive publications, but Read More
“It hangs with dozens of others in a new UK show of the South African photographer’s work. Muholi created one self-portrait in 2012 but it wasn’t until 2014 that she went back to the project that would become Somnyama Ngonyama(translated as Hail the Dark Lioness), with the idea of doing 365 shots in all. “You live Read More
“The following letter was shared by an artist who was recently awarded a place in a competitive residency program. For the sake of professional discretion, identifying details have been replaced with the letter X. Upon contacting them to work out the logistics of her stay, the artist was informed that some of the program’s policies Read More
“Judith Butler’s new book interweaves her two theories of performativity and precarity with the works of Hannah Arendt, Giorgio Agamben, and Emmanuel Levinas as a way to critically assess and speak to Tahrir Square, Occupy, Black Lives Matter, and other movements of dissent. In this interview, Stephanie Berbec asks her to consider her work in light of the Read More
Women Seeing Women is a new exhibition celebrating the work of female photographers in documentary and fashion photography, and their interaction with their female subjects. The show, which includes contributions from 12 Magnum photographers, is at the Staley-Wise Gallery in New York City until 31 August.
To see a selection of Read More
Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?
A version of this story originally appeared in the January 1971 issue of ARTnews.
Implications of the Women’s Lib movement for art history and for the contemporary art scene—or, silly questions deserve long answers; followed by eight replies.
The full article is on the direct link
“There’s an old-fashioned myth that having a baby is going to make it impossible to work,” says painter Nikki Maloof. “I had just started gaining a lot of momentum in my career when I found out I was pregnant, so it was scary.” Maloof’s fear could apply to any number of career-oriented women across Read More
Michelle Doyle. The Irish Times.
A gender audit reveals a poor representation of women in some of our national cultural institutions
READING THE COLLECTIONS, WEEK 47: CELEBRATING WOMEN: THE FRANKI RAFFLES PHOTOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
Spectacular work by photographer Franki Raffles
Born in Manchester and raised in London, Franki Raffles was an alumna of St Andrews University (MA in Moral Philosophy, 1977). After graduating she made her home in Scotland, first on the Isle of Lewis and later in Edinburgh, Read More
“In the course of a thirty-year career, the photographer Catherine Opie has made a study of the freeways of Los Angeles, lesbian families, surfers, Tea Party gatherings, America’s national parks, the houses of Beverly Hills, teen-age football players, the personal effects of Elizabeth Taylor, the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, Boy Scouts, her friends, mini-malls, and Read More
” “BP portrait award shortlist offers up all-female line-up” reads The Guardian headline.
Wonderful, I thought, as I’m sure many others did. Great stuff. Women artists are being recognised for a prestigious, high-profile art award. And not an award specifically for women, either.
But, before we all pat ourselves on the back and put on Read More
“In the summer of 2001, American Tom Sponheim was walking around Barcelona with his wife and found himself in a local flea market, Els Encants. On one of the stalls, he found a bunch of old negatives that he bought for $3.5, one dollar more that the seller was asking. Sponheim realized how valuable his Read More
The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery is opening a visual biography of the author Sylvia Plath, including her rarely-seen artwork.
“Since her suicide in 1963 at the age of 30, Sylvia Plath’s literary recognition has only grown, whether the ubiquitous assignment of her lone novel The Bell Jar in American high schools, or her posthumous Pulitzer Prize for poetry Read More
Interesting review on a new book Girl on Girl: Art and Photography in the Age of the Female Gaze by Charlotte Jansen, published by Laurence King (2017)
“She is smiling broadly and caressing her stomach. Judging by its shape and size, she’s eight months pregnant. Calle is 63, so this is surprising. On the other hand, given her affection for the flagrantly absurd, it is not surprising at all. After we exchange kisses, she ushers me in, explaining that she has turned Read More
A Response to Sexism in Editorial Photography
by Erin Patrice O’Brien
“I always recognized that the editorial side of media seems to embrace, or at least maintain, the good-ole-boy network. It’s bothered me for some time, particularly given the female talent in the market on the demand and supply sides. There are plenty of amazing women photographers Read More
The Problem of the Overlooked Female Artist: An Argument for Enlivening a Stale Model of Discussion
by Ashton Cooper for Hyperallergic
“My intention here is not to call out museums or simplistic writing, but to point out the ways in which institutions and publications — both major and minor — are guilty of perpetuating a schematic and Read More
“Feminist artists have not always been interested in motherhood. Helen Million Ruby, one of the founding members of the activist group Mother Art and a student at the Feminist Studio Workshop in the Los Angeles Woman’s Building, was told by Judy Chicago that she couldn’t be a mother and an artist-the two were mutually exclusive. Chicago’s Read More
“The roles women take in universities aren’t recognised as routes to the top. But they demand as much drive as the posts traditionally scooped up by men”
Read the full article on the direct link
On the occasion of the international women’s day on 8 March. Young Photography Now publishes a special report on women photographers in the world today.
Several events, publications and resources are gathered here to reflect the growing interest in women photographers and their recognition in the world of Visual arts. Women are very active in photography Read More
TIME reached out globally to the most acclaimed female photojournalists, curators and directors of photography in the industry, asking them to select one female photojournalist that they believe is worthy of recognition. The result is an astonishing collection of brilliant work from around the world. For me, Read More
On Images yet to be Seen. A Cameroonian case study
by Christine Eyene
“…It is with this in mind that one should approach contemporary photography in Cameroon and its relationship to new modes of dissemination. The emergence of Cameroonian photography can be traced back to the early 1930s with studios such as the notable Photo George in Read More
Female Photographers Matter Now More Than Ever
by Laura Mallonee
“Zalcman just launched Women Photograph, a website featuring more than 400 (and counting) female photojournalists from 67 countries. “We need to make a better effort to find female photographers and photographers of color,” she say. “Because they exist. They’re there.”.[…] WIRED talked to Zalcman about her website, her experiences, Read More
How the art world airbrushed female artists from history
by Hannan Ellis-Petersen
“Figures compiled by the Guardian paint a dismal portrait of women artists exhibiting in major galleries, in the UK and abroad. But are things changing?…
…It is important to understand the impact this bias has had on the art world. These galleries, with outposts across America Read More
Talkin’ ’bout my Generation
“Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s, from the Verbund Collection at The Photographers’ Gallery, 7 October to 15 January 2017
The day after the American election that put Donald J. Trump in the White House and the morning I heard of Leonard Cohen’s death, I went to the exhibition of 1970s feminist avant-garde Read More
“Radical Women” of Latin American Art Get the Museum Show They Deserve
“Co-curated by Dr. Cecilia Fajardo-Hill and Dr. Andrea Giunta, “Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985” at the Hammer Museum will ask visitors to reconsider the heavily male art history they know and recognize the importance of female artists often working under the Read More
“Today, women make up the majority of students in undergraduate and graduate photojournalism programs. The top photo editors of National Geographic, Time, The Washington Post, The New York Times and many other American publications are female, as are many if not most of their subordinates. There are, by most accounts, a large number of outstanding Read More
Private Art Collections: At home with Photography expert Zelda Cheatle.
Read or/and watch the interview here.
The female street photographers of Instagram – in pictures
by Francesca Perry
“The art of street photography was long dominated by men and the ‘male gaze’, but new project Her Side of the Street celebrates women’s role in the practice… Last year, American photographer Casey Meshbesher felt compelled to create a compendium of street photography by women Read More
A tribute to female flâneurs: the women who reclaimed our city streets
by Lauren Elkin
“The flâneur – the keen-eyed stroller who chronicles the minutiae of city life – has long been seen as a man’s role. From Virginia Woolf to Martha Gellhorn, it’s time we recognised the vital, transgressive work of the flâneuse…. It’s time to recognise Read More
LABOURS OF LOVE: WOMEN’S LABOUR AS THE CULTURE SECTOR’S INVISIBLE DARK MATTER
by Macushla Robinson
“In the past three decades, housework, care work and other forms of gendered labour have become the focus of first-world feminist attention. The economic unit of the family is the site of the accumulation of capital. Dividing labour along gender lines within filial Read More
“Once in a while an artistic practice emerges that challenges viewers in new ways that cut through the noise, and offers something both deeply familiar and at the same time utterly new. Collaborative, creative, and experimental, Gill and Vangad, in Fields of Sight, provide a new language for art practices that address the politics and Read More
INSPIRING FILMS ABOUT WOMEN IN PHOTOGRAPHY
Here are three films about women photographers that all aspiring photographers must watch. Filmed in different settings and time, these films take us through the journey of women who break norms and stereotypes to find their voice through the lens. The films showcase their artistic pursuits, personal struggles and social concerns, Read More
La Toya Ruby Frazier – this video is fascinating – she has just won a major MacArthur grand and has a new book out with Aperture
read this interesting review about three Chinese photographers includes two women
Wei Leng Tay
Found this interesting
Photoworks speak to self-proclaimed ‘photographic archaeologist’ Eva Stenram about the ideas and processes behind her practice and her use of found imagery.
Objektiv #12 is inspired by, and will be launched during the conference Fast Forward: Women in Photography at Tate Modern in November, 2015. Keen to contribute to this initiative, we have singled out three women whom we would like to fast forward into the light: B. Ingrid Olson, Marie Svindt and Lieko Shiga. Photographer and writer Read More
The latest issue of Photoworks Annual looks at women and their roles in photography, as subjects, creators and consumers. The new writing, new photography and powerful archival images presented in Issue 22, connect wider ideas surrounding the subject and share important recent shifts affecting women and photography today.
Ha Ouch Ha Ouch Ha Ouch: On Women and Wit in Photography.
Article by Max Houghton.
Max Houghton weaves a historical and contemporary view through photograph and women photographers who use wit to disarm.
What makes a particular site ‘home’? Is it where our roots begin, or is it fluid and changing, existing as an unfixed place of comfort? Curated by Talia Smith, Issue Five of Common Ground brings together diverse works and words by women artists and writers to determine if home really is where the heart is.
Ann Read More
About Women is Dorothy Bohm’s first book to focus exclusively on the subject of women. Taken throughout the world, from the late 1940s until the present day, her photographs range from images of ordinary women going about their everyday activities, to explorations of the role that representations of women, in the form of advertisements, posters Read More
A very interesting read from Dazed.
A very interesting read from Onward.