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Let Us Now Praise Famous Women: Discovering the work of Female Photographers

Let Us Now Praise Famous Women was an online conference held 24th October 2020, exploring the critical work of women writing about, collecting, and curating photography by women. Key questions include how women’s voices are heard in the history and criticism of photography, the influence of the feminist movement on women photographers’ careers, and the role of museums in shaping the legacies of women photographers. The day also foregrounded strategies for emerging photographers to find themselves in a supportive network of ideas and practice.

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# Episode Title Description People Date
1 Creating History and Building Legacy (Illuminations, The Other Observers, Warworks, Signals Festival) Val Williams gives a short talk on what it is like for early women photographers in a very male dominated industry Val Williams 26 Oct 2020
2 Panel Discussion 1: Historiography's Origin Stories Taous Dahmani chairs a discussion with Val Williams Taous Dahmani, Val Willams 17 Nov 2020
3 The Isabel Project: Uncomvering 19th Century Institutional Photographers, One Woman at a Time Erika Lederman talks about her practice and the work of the V & A museum's first in house photographer, Isabel Cowper. Erika Lederman 13 Nov 2020
4 The Helen Muspratt Archive Jessica Sutcliffe, the daughter of photographer, Helen Muspratt, give a short talk on her mother's life and career. Jessica Sutcliffe 26 Oct 2020
5 Panel Discussion 2: Unveiling the Archive, Revealing Photographers Taous Dahmini chairs a discussion with Erika Lederman and Jessica Sutcliffe Taous Dahmini, Jessica Sutcliffe, Erika Lederman 17 Nov 2020
6 Write or be Written Off: the work of Jo Spence (1934-1992) as photography 'theory' Patrizia Di Bello discusses the work of Jo Spence as a writer, organiser and photographer Patrizia Di Bello 13 Nov 2020
7 Panel Discussion 3: Feminist Multi-taskers: Being a Photographer, a Writer and a Curator Taous Dahmini chairs a discussion with Patrizia Di Bello and Deborah Cherry Taous Tahmini, Patrizia Di Bello, Deborah Cherry 17 Nov 2020
8 Maud Sulter: Discourse and Debate Deborah Cherry discusses the work of Maud Sulter as a writer, curator and photographer Deborah Cherry 13 Nov 2020
9 Fast Forward: Women in Photography Anna Fox gives an overview of Fast Forward - a research project designed to promote and engage with women in photography across the globe. Anna Fox 13 Nov 2020
10 Panel Discussion 4: Working to Establish Tomorrow's Names Taous Dahmani chairs a discussion with Fiona Rogers, Max Houghton and Anna Fox Taous Tahmini, Fiona Rogers, Max Houghton, Anna Fox 17 Nov 2020