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 women, photography, and the world have come since 1975.
PWP was born in an analogue world in 1975. There was no online anything, so word of the organization was spread by publications printed on paper:
In those publications were ads for film services and darkroom facilities:
But the world was changing fast. Here is an ad for a computer workshop at Photographics Unlimited, the darkroom complex where PWP held meetings in the early 1980s:
The pace of technological accelerated rapidly in photography and the world at large. In 1998, PWP invited Alan D. Coleman, photo critic of the Village Voice, to speak about the impact of techonology. The lecture took place in the Kate Murphy Amphitheatre of the Fashion Institute of Technology:
Computers and software began appearing in PWP class offerings. In 2002, it held a workshop on Photoshop at FIT:
These classes would expand in the 2000s to include instruction on personal websites, book design and publishing, social media and blogging as the digital bang opened new doors for photographers.
– 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: