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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.”


Visual artist Sophie Calle receives Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography

Sophie Calle © Adagp, Paris 2010, Courtesy Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris & Miami

I’ll be rounding up some photo news later today, but for now a quick snippet: French artist Sophie Calle is the 30th winner of the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography. Calle receives SEK 1,000,000 (approximately EUR 100,000 or £93,000) and will be presented with the award on 30 October at the Göteborg City Theatre where an exhibition of her work will also open. Thom Bridge kindly sent me this news and has also posted about the award on his BonzoBonzo blog. For more information, see Hasselblad’s website where there are links to some videos.

From the website: “For more than three decades, French artist Sophie Calle has been questioning and challenging the relationship between text and photography, private and public personae, truth and fiction, in a groundbreaking, utterly original way. Her conceptually oriented work depicts human vulnerability and examines the interrelationship between identity and intimacy as well as the construction of official history. It evokes narrative, affect and emotion in ways that at the same time touch the viewer deeply and makes her reflect on the possibilities as well as limits of photography. Her contribution to the understanding of the medium of photography has inspired younger generations of artists.”

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Photo News and Shows Saturday Extras

News of these photo events with Stanley Greene, Sophie Calle, JH Engström and Visa Pour l’Image 2009 came through yesterday. Some of you may be interested:


Visa Pour L’Image 2009, Perpignan, France. 21st International Festival of Photojournalism from 29 August – 13 September.

Some of the world best picture editors selected a shortlist from all the reports seen over the past year (both published and unpublished), with four nominees in each category. A second jury meets in Perpignan to choose the final winners. Here are the nominees:

Visa d’Or Features Category :

  • Miquel Dewever-Plana / Agence Vu: Guatemala. The Other War
  • Jérôme Sessini / Œil Public for Le Monde 2 and the Figaro Magazine: Drug Trafficking in Mexico. So far from God, too close to the USA
  • Callie Shell / Aurora Photos / Cosmos for Time Magazine: Barack Obama
  • Zalmaï: Afghanistan. Promises and Lies. The human cost of the war on terror

Visa d’Or News Category :

  • Walter Astrada / Agence France-Presse: Bloodbath in Madagascar
  • Enrico Dagnino / 2e Bureau for Paris Match: Forced Return
  • Wojtek Grzedzinski / Dziennik / Napo Images: The Georgian Conflict
  • Dominic Nahr / Œil Public: Democratic Republic of Congo. The Road to Nowhere.



© Stanley Greene, NOOR Photo Agency, Visa pour l'Image 2009, courtesy of Visa Pour l'Image

Stanley Green, from NOOR Photo Agency, who is “one of the most exhibited photographers in Perpignan” returns to Visa Pour L’image 2009. Greene is known for his work in Iraq, Chechyna, Afghanistan and Darfur, but his new show The Western Front marks a departure as it draws on “photographs taken from 1975-1985 – Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll… going back over the wild years”.


The first UK retrospective of “leading French contemporary artist Sophie Calle” at The Whitechapel Gallery 16 October 2009 – 3 January 2010. The exhibition will bring together “12 key works from the late 1970s to the present including the acclaimed installation, Prenez Soin De Vous, (Take Care of Yourself), 2007″. Tate Britain put on Art Now: Sophie Calle in 1998.



© JH Engström, courtesy Still Moving Engstrom workshop 2009

JH Engström Workshop London Sunday 8 to Thursday 12 November 2009

Swedish photographer JH Engström will be giving the second STILL/MOVING workshop in November.

“Celebrated internationally for his unique style of exploratory and expressive life-based photography, Engström is an experienced giver of workshops, developing the teaching methods of his friend and mentor Anders Petersen, who was himself taught by the great Christer Strömholm. Aged 40, Engström has already created some of the most highly sought after photography books, particularly Trying to Dance, and this summer he consolidated his reputation by winning the Rencontres d’Arles 2009 Book Award with From Back Home, his collaborative project with Anders Petersen.

The workshop will be open to 10 applicants who need not necessarily be professional photographers. Applicants should be open and willing to challenge their own photographic practice during what promises to be a unique and intense week.

The workshop will take place in Hackney, London, UK and will run from 10am – 6pm for 5 days.

Cost: approx £500 (depending on funding – will not go up, hopefully will go down)

To apply please send the following to info@stillmoving.org

– a brief note about yourself

– a brief note about your work and why you think you would benefit from this workshop

– 10 to 15 low resolution images and a link to your website (if available)

Deadline for applications: Sunday, 27 September. We will confirm by email whether places have been successful or not by Sunday, 4 October.


JH Engström will be In Conversation with a special invited guest on Monday 9 November at Campbell Works Gallery in Stoke Newington, Hackney, London, UK.

This event is open to the public. RSVP for the In Conversation talks@stillmoving.org