30 For 30: Early Ads on Paper

To celebrate Women’s History Month, we’re featuring items from the PWP Archives* each day on this blog. In looking back, we see not only where we started, but how far photography, women, and the world have come since 1975.

Because there was no Internet in the 1970s, ads for PWP were placed in newspapers and magazines like Vogue, The Village Voice, and Photo District News (now PDN). The idea of an organization dedicated to women photographers was a novelty at the time, and letters seeking information about it poured in.

Ad for PWP in Vogue Magazine

Ad for PWP in Vogue Magazine

An ad in The Village Voice invited photographers to a slide lecture by Ruth Orkin:

1981 ad for PWP in The Village Voice

1981 ad for PWP in The Village Voice

The 1981 issue of Photo District News where PWP was mentioned cost fifty cents. At the time, there was a real Photo District on Manhattan’s West Side that ran from 14th Street up to the mid-30s. It included photo labs that processed black-and-white and color film, as well as gelatin silver, C, and Cibachrome prints. As the digital tide swept in, these places began to disappear.

PWP mentioned in the June 1981 issue of  Photo District News

PWP mentioned in the June 1981 issue of Photo District News

– Catherine Kirkpatrick

*The PWP Archives were acquired by the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, & Rare Book Library of Emory University

Links to all the 30 For 30 Women’s History Month blogs:
Help Me Please! Hopelessly Waiting…
Exhibition and Anger
Spreading the Word
Early Ads On Paper
Cards and Letters
A Lady, a Truck, a Singing Dog
Women of Vision
A Show of Their Own
Taking It To the Street
Sisters of Sister Cities
Education and More
Face of a Changing City
Digital Enabling
Expanding Walls and Other Possibilities
A Wonderful Life–Lady Style
Branding–the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
The Great Change Sweeps In
PWP Goes Live!
Honoring the Upcoming
Continuity Through Change
Reaching Out
Eye a Woman Naked
Rapidly Multiplying Alternative Options
Women In the World, As Themselves
Friends Who Overcame and Inspired
Reversing the Gaze
Photography and More
Chicks Telling It Like It Is
Looking Back With Thanks

























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