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.
In 1982, Dianora Niccolini, PWP’s first president, edited Women of Vision, an anthology featuring the work of twenty women photographers. These included Barbara Morgan, Ruth Orkin, Lilo Raymond, Suzanne Opton, Eva Rubinstein, and Maggie Sherwood, founder of the Floating Foundation of Photography. Some are familiar names today, others less so. All were photographed by Stephanie Cohen, who also took many iconic images of PWP, and contributed her design skills to early PWP publications.
In that day, word was spread by press releases and invitations printed on paper. Below is a release for a book signing and exhibition of Cohen’s portraits aboard the Floating Foundation of Photography in 1982. It promised that many of the artists would be present, and that there would be “special entertainment featuring Jon Maurice, singer and actor.”
At the time, it was hard for women to get their work into print. Niccolini wanted to honor them as individual artists, and also as part of the larger talent force that was women in photography.
– 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: