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Women in Photography: A History of British Trailblazers

11th Dec 2018

This new exhibition at The Lightbox will for the first time in over 30 years present a comprehensive historical survey of the achievements of female photographers working in Britain.

The works will be presented chronologically and visitors will be transported on a whistle-stop journey of the history of female photography. There will be five key themes running throughout this story: ‘Photographic Processes’ as demonstrated by Anna Atkins, Susan Derges and Joy Gregory. ‘Staging the Scene’ where artists create a narrative with their compositions which will be represented by artists such as Emma Barton, Eveleen Myers and Mitra Tabrizian. ‘Photo Journalism’ is a theme which starts from the early 1900s with Olive Edis through to Edith Tudor-Hart, and Lee Miller. ‘Interiors and Spaces’ will reflect on women’s role and position within society, and will be demonstrated by photographers such as Sirkka-Liisa Konttinnen, Hannah Starkey, and Sam Taylor-Johnson. ‘Race and Representation’ will explore issues of diversity and inclusion as represented by Gabriella Sancisi, Sonia Boyce, Suki Dhanda, Val Wilmer and Jane England.

Women in Photography: A History of British Trailblazers will be on show at The Lightbox in Woking, Surrey, from 30 January – 2 June 2019. The exhibition will be accompanied by a selection of talks and tours.

Image: Aerial Suspension, Clare Strand, 2009. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © the Artist.

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