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  1. Women in Photography By: Adrienne Brown and Roche Fisher

  2. Women have made significant contributions to photography

  3. Women's Contribution to Photography • There has been women in photography since the origin of the process • Most were from Britain or France • They were either married to pioneers or had close relations with their families • Women first entered the business of photography in Northern Europe • Opened studios in Denmark, France, Germany and Sweden from the 1840s

  4. Women's Contribution to Photography (continued) • Women in Britain developed photography as an art in the late 1850’s • The first studios ran by women opened in New York in the 1890’s

  5. While the work of English and French MEN involved in developing and pioneering the process of photography is well known and documented, the part played by WOMEN in the early days gets less attention

  6. Constance Fox Talbot • Wife of Henry Fox Talbot • One of the key people in the development of photography in the 1830’s and 1840’s • Had her self experimented with the process in early as 1839

  7. The First Professionals • Genevieve Elisabeth Disderi • From France • An early professional in photography business • Her and her husband, Andre- Adolphe- Eugene Disderi, established a daguerreotype studio in Brest in the late 1840’s • Once her husband left her in 1847 she ran the business alone

  8. The First Professionals (continued) • Bertha Wehnert- Beckmann • Germany’s first woman photographer • Opened a studio in Leipzig with her husband in 1843, ran the business by herself after his death in 1847

  9. The First Professionals (Continued) • Emilie Bieber • Opened a daguerreotype studio in Hamburg in 1852 • Business started out slow but finally picked up • In 1855 she transferred the business to her nephew

  10. Emilie Bieber Genevieve Elisabeth Disderi Bertha Wehnert- Beckmann

  11. Surrealism • A number of women used photography as a medium for expressing their interest in surrealism • Surrealists did not rely on reasoned analysis or sober calculation • The use of such procedures as double exposure, combination printing, montage, and solarizaton dramatically evoked the union of dream and reality

  12. Dora Maar (1907-1997) • Performs a typical surrealist inversion, making an ugly or even repulsive subject compelling and bizarrely appealing

  13. Awards • Emma Barton • The first woman to be awarded the Royal Photographic Society Medal in 1903 • It was for a carbon print entitled: The Awakening • Virginia Schau • The first women to receive the Pylitzer Prize for Photography • Photographed two men being rescued from a tractor trailer cab as it dangled from a bridge in Redding , California

  14. Resources • http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/20/showbiz/movies/alice-guy-blache-woman-director-kickstarter/index.html • http://www.flickr.com/photos/floridamemory/3247282315/ • http://sketch42blog.com/2012/08/self-portrait/