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.
PWP meetings were modeled on the consciousness raising groups of Women’s Lib. The first ones were held in apartments, then at Photographics Unlimited, Eastman Kodak, the Photo District Gallery, Pratt School of Professional Studies, St. Paul the Apostle Church, and now at the Metropolitan Opera Guild.
Through changes of location and vast changes in the field, each month from September through June, PWP meets to conduct business and hear a prominent photographer, usually a woman, speak about their life and art. Early speakers included Lilo Raymond, Ruth Orkin, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, Via Wynroth, Patt Blue, and Maggie Sherwood of the Floating Foundation of Photography.
Recent luminaries include Elinor Carucci, Arlene Gottfried, Flo Fox, and Susan Meiselas who inspired all present with their words and pictures. (Note: Susan Meiselas was one of the photographers in the 1975 FIT exhibition Breadth of Vision from which PWP emerged.)
Meetings are casual and congenial, allowing members and guests to interact with some of the legends of 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: