International Women’s Day Centenary 1911-2011 – Female Focus on Photography

To celebrate the centenary of International Womens Day tomorrow, this week’s posts will all have a female focus. To kick off, I’ve listed all the female photographers and artists who have had work featured in the print issue of Hotshoe magazine since I started writing for the mag back in 2004 with a link to their websites. It’s been fun looking back and I’ll be adding 20 a day for the next five days, making 100 in total – one for each year of the centenary.

I’ve also had the pleasure of interviewing some of the photographers listed over the next week and hope that the list will point readers to the scope and depth of work produced by women photographers and artists practising today.

I do ask one thing, please take the opportunity to add the names and a link to any women photographers that you think should be added. Now that I’ve started, it’s up to you to add to it and make it more extensive and inclusive. It also recalls the days of early blogs, which were mostly link-driven sites.

Hotshoe magazine 2004-5
Helen Atkinson
Veronica Bailey
Polly Braden
Louisa Fairclough
Debbie Fleming Caffery
Angela Catlin
Sophie Calle
Beth Yarnelle Edwards
Melanie Einzig
Susan Derges
Catriona Grant
Alison Jackson
Annie Liebovitz
Vera Lutter
Mary Ellen Mark
Betsie Van Der Meer
Susan Meiselas
Michelle Sank
Stephanie Sinclair
Taryn Simon

I also want to point you to a couple of initiatives taking place to mark 8 March. The first is a project by London-based photojournalist Claudia Janke who launches a self-published human rights photography magazine. It is free and will be available on this blog, as a PDF, tomorrow to coincide with Janke’s launch or can be viewed on the website.

“The magazine aims to raise awareness around social, civil and human rights issues. The first issue addresses violence against women in Uganda but also reflects on the situation of women in Britain. Although the topic is of a serious nature, the magazine also celebrates the courage and strength of the women shown as they all fight for justice and a better life.”

Janke has also set up a Dear Clare website where people can leave a wish list and see the magazine online. The print version of Dear Clare will be distributed in London at an outside exhibition of the images in Islington and Dalston, in some arty bookshops as well as in cafes and bars in Southbank, Hackney, Islington and Notting Hill.

To mark the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, Resonance 104.4FM will broadcast a day of programmes curated by Martina Mullaney from Enemies of Good Art.

“Women, across art and media practices, have been invited to contribute programmes throughout the day. Highlights include live studio discussions on:
Motherhood, Power and Love chaired by Esther Windsor
Activism and Change chaired by Bidisha
Bloody Women: A Brids Eve View Special hosted by Virginie Sélavy
Daily Subversions: The Feminist Practice of Everyday Life chaired by Amber Jacobs.

“Other items will include; Victoria Knight on Adoption and Motherhood, Ana Shorter’s Pramscape from her toddlers buggy in Berlin, Toyin Fani-Kayode in conversation with the writer and poet Mary Powell and a performative manifesto from the 3 women art collective Putting On.”


7 responses to “International Women’s Day Centenary 1911-2011 – Female Focus on Photography

  1. You should check out Birds Eye View Film Festival, kicking off tonight and running until next Thursday, it celebrates women voices through the promotion of female filmmakers and screenwriters:

  2. Pingback: International Women’s Day - Beth Vieira lens-based artist

  3. Thanks Claudia, yes, an absolute one to include, funny as she is in the next post’s 20 as I interviewed her for a feature on women p-js in 2005 with Anita Khemka and Harriet Logan, hope all good for your Dear Clare launch.

  4. Thanks Andrea, for this name
    I do hope you are good? How’s work going, I saw you included in the Re-Generation 2 book, which made me happy 🙂 Let me know what you are up to and how things are going.

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