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.
Since the start of PWP, seeing the work and hearing the stories of other women photographers has been crucial. These talks inform, instruct, and inspire. Through changes in technology, aesthetics, and meeting places, they remain the beating heart of PWP. Here’s a quick look at some of the wonderful speakers we’ve had over the years:
Many of the women who spoke in the first years of PWP were either early members or big supporters of the group. This image from the late 1980s or early 1990s pictures Erika Stone (left), Raeanne Rubenstein (center), with Mariette Pathy Allen who was president of PWP in the 1990s:
When PWP celebrated some of the pioneering legends of women’s photography in the early 2000s, Erika Stone was a vibrant participant (center photo, bottom right, and right photo to the left of Ruth Gruber).
It was a popular, all-star evening. In the left picture above former PWP president Katherine Criss speaks with Rebecca Lepkoff. The center image above features Tequila Minsky, Rebecca Lepkoff, Nancy Reynolds, Katherine Criss (top row, left to right); Ruth Gruber and Erika Stone (bottom row, left to right). The right image above shows Erika Stone and Ruth Gruber, who is holding up her book Witness.
These ladies were movers and shakers, and they came prepared to work the room and sign books. Their spirit was tremendous. Another speaker whose unshakable spirit moved PWP was handicapped, near-blind photographer Flo Fox:
Memory runs deep for members of the organization. In a short video, Dianora Niccolini, PWP’s first president, reflects on an early studio photo of the group: Dianora Niccolini on the studio group image
– 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: