There are a distinct lack of women photographers in the upper echelons of the industry and it seems that now is the time to start doing something about it. This is not a rally call for positive discrimination measures to be put in place to deal with structural inequalities, or for women to be given extra special consideration, but a call to take stock and look at where, and how far, we may have come.
Now’s the time to start to examine the contemporary landscape and reflect on what has, and is, happening. For example, I received the Prix Pictet Shortlist 2009 invitation for the preview of the shortlisted work and book launch. And surprise, surprise? Not one woman photographer has made it to the shortlist. Does this matter? Not if it is a one off, but sadly, I think this is a trend that persists, even as we approach 2010.