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...]

30 For 30: Kudos!

30 For 30: Kudos!
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 was founded in the 1970s to encourage women photographers, but has always reached out to help other groups. In recent years it has been recognized for some of these efforts. In 2009, PWP’s Community Service Committee chaired by Andy Mars and Karen Smul began to work with the organization Women In Need (WIN). Images taken by committee members of WIN people and events were used in reports and publications, helping the¬†nonprofit raise awareness of its mission. A mentoring program was [continue reading...]