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 the 1980s and 90s, photography was undergoing the great shift from analog to digital. At the same time, it rose rapidly in the art world. Mixing with other mediums, it evolved from shots capturing moments in time to unique personal images created in the tradition of painting. Through PWP exhibition catalogues and announcement cards, we see photography evolve into a deeper, more thoughtful discipline, incorporating new ideas like mixed media, appropriated and computer-generated imagery, conceptual art, narrative sequence, and staged tableau. Processes multiply to include C-prints, Cibachrome, then digital output on a wide range of surfaces, including canvas and metal.
Wall space, once scarce, expands and improves. PWP’s 1981 show, The Me Generation, took place in the lobby of a rental darkroom; its 2015 Primarily Color exhibition opened in a Chelsea gallery. And two of the organization’s shows were featured in the New York Times:
– 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: