In celebration of International Women’s Day 2018, I launched a new blog about early women photographers. Each photographer features a brief summary of their life and work, plus images if available.
These women are rarely highlighted, but were pioneers of the brand new photographic art, mostly active pre-1860. The blog is intended as a catalyst for further research, assembling the fullest account of known biographical information to date. Additional information about any of the featured women is always welcome, as are contributions from fellow biographers.
2018 also sees The Royal Photographic Society’s Hundred Heroines campaign to highlight the contribution made by female photographers. My nominations for pre-1860 Historical Heroines can be seen here.
Following further research there are now seven confirmed women members of the Photographic Society in 1853. This is based on analysis of the 1853 membership listed on http://rpsmembers.dmu.ac.uk/index.php.
Five women were the subject of a Lunchtime Lecture on 3rd May 2018 discussing who should be viewed as the first female photographer in Britain. The title was given to Anna Atkins and will be the subject of a talk in November 2018 at New York Public Library, accompanying a major exhibition of her inspirational cyanotype photographs.