Discovering the work of Female Photographers (24 Oct 20)

Online, October 24, 2020

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

“Let Us Now Praise Famous Women” will explore 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 foregrounds strategies for emerging photographers to find themselves in a supportive network of ideas and practice.

Convener: Taous Dahmani (Panthéon-Sorbonne / Maison Française d'Oxford)


Session 1: Origin stories, 9.30–11am

Taous Dahmani, Introduction

Val Williams (UAL), on creating history and building legacy (Illuminations, The Other Observers, Warworks, Signals Festival)


Session 2: Unveiling the Archive, Revealing Photographers, 11am–12.15pm

Erika Lederman (V&A), 'The Isabel Project: Uncovering 19th Century Institutional Photographers, One Woman at a Time'

Jessica Sutcliffe, The Helen Muspratt Archive


Lunch break

Session 3: Feminist multitaskers: being a photographer, a writer and a curator, 1.30–3pm

Taous Dahmani, Introduction

Patrizia Di Bello (Birkbeck) on Jo Spence as a writer, organiser & photographer

Deborah Cherry (NYU) 'Maud Sulter: "discourses and dialogues"'


Afternoon break

Session 4: Panel discussion Women in Photography, 3.15–4.30pm

Taous Dahmani, Introduction

Fiona Rogers and Max Houghton, Firecracker
Anna Fox, Fast Forward

The panel discussion will start at 3.30pm, but participants will be able to join from 3.15pm

Booking information
Free, book in advance:

When you book for this event, it also includes the panel discussion Women in Photography with Firecracker and Fast Forward at 3.30pm.
There is no need to book for each event separately.
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Bodleian Libraries & PhotoOxford2020

CONF: Discovering the work of Female Photographers (24 Oct 20). In:, Sep 14, 2020 (accessed Sep 20, 2020), <>.

Contributor: Taous Dahmani

Contribution published: Sep 14, 2020

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