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30 For 30: Looking Back With Thanks

30 For 30: Looking Back With Thanks
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. When I first saw the PWP archives in 2009, I almost fainted. The storage unit where they were kept was jammed from top to bottom with lightning fixtures, old exhibition signs,¬†bags of paper plates and party napkins, folders filled with yellowing documents, postcards and publications, some disintegrating into powder. It felt like an episode of Extreme Hoarders, with me in a starring role. I was new to the PWP board and this wasn’t what I expected. Waves of shock, anger, fury [continue reading...]

30 For 30: Chicks Telling It Like It Is

30 For 30: Chicks Telling It Like It Is
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 [continue reading...]

30 By 30: Photography and More

30 By 30: Photography and More
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 By the 1990s, women photographers weren’t just in the game, they were knocking it out of the park, with Cindy Sherman, Annie Liebovitz, and Sally Mann among the best known artists in the world. But with successful careers, came crowded, more complicated lives. In 2018, as corporate America struggles to retain women who juggle work, children, and aging parents, often opting out, PWP continues to offer a haven of support and a way to stay in touch with the field on [continue reading...]

30 For 30: Reversing the Gaze

30 For 30: Reversing the Gaze
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 art, men have always gazed at women, but by the 1970s women were looking back, and not necessarily in the eye. Dianora Niccolini, PWP’s first president, is famous for her male nudes. She was born in Florence, Italy, where the human body, male and female, is glorified publicly in the statues of Michelangelo, Donatello, and Ammannati, often in very large sizes. After World War II, her family came to America, and she wound up at the Germain School of Photography, [continue reading...]

30 For 30: Friends Who Overcame and Inspired

30 For 30: Friends Who Overcame and Inspired
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. From the beginning PWP has had some very good friends. The guest speaker list from the 1981-82 season includes Ruth Orkin, Arlene Gottfried, Arlene Alda, and Maggie Sherwood of the Floating Foundation of Photography. Below are Dianora Niccolini’s notes for the first PWP board and outside advisors, along with a later list of people who served. It is impressive, and includes Kathryn Abbe, Sonja Bullaty, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, Lilo Raymond, Maggie Sherwood, Erika Stone and Via Wynroth. Via Wynroth was the first [continue reading...]