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