Visual ArtsHub: A new foundation for Australian women’s art

https://visual.artshub.com.au/news-article/news/visual-arts/visual-arts-writer/a-new-foundation-for-australian-womens-art-258076

Sheila: A Foundation for Women in Visual Art was officially launched in Perth yesterday (28 May). The initiative comes out of a swelling need for greater gender equality within the visual arts.

‘According to The Countess Report (a Sheila-funded project) women are 75 per cent of art school graduates but only 34 per cent of artists exhibited in our state museums and galleries. Gender inequality is apparent in art prizes, representation of female artists in media and the proportion of female artists represented in exhibitions at state museums,’ reminded Sheila Cruthers on the occasion of the launch.

Sheila aims to redress that in a multi-prong way: to provide scholarships for art historians and curators, assist the purchase and commission works by women artists, and run annual lecture and symposiums focused on women’s art….

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The New York Times: The First Female Photographers Brought a New Vision to The New York Times [paywall]

“As revolutions go, this one got off to a quiet and unassuming start in the early 1970s. It was achieved slowly, one female photographer at a time, each hired by The New York Times for her talent with a camera and her desire to practice the best journalism possible.

The men who hired the first of those women quite likely weren’t thinking about altering the prevailing concepts of photojournalism. But over time, as more women were hired and gained acceptance, they began to push successfully for publication of images that were different, for the truths they saw in people and events, for assignments that had once been denied them and for assignments that had not been envisioned before….”

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Opening Night, The 2019 Loud and Luminous Exhibition, St Leonards, NSW, Australia, April 11 2019

I attended the launch of the 2019 Loud and Luminous Exhibition by the Loud and Luminous collective of Australian women and non-binary photographers at Contact Sheet, “an education and mentorship space, a gallery and a co-working space” in the Sydney north shore suburb of St Leonards, located in a complex of creative spaces supported by TWT Developments, Building Hope Foundation and Brand X. 

This is the first time I have encountered these organizations and there may well be some intriguing stories and documentary subjects to be found within them. 

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There is Now a DJI Drone and Gimbal Store in World Square, Sydney, Australia

I accidentally discovered that a DJI boutique has opened in the Sydney central business district – aka CBD – at World Square while on the way back to the ‘burbs from an International Women’s Day event that I had been covering. 

Two handheld gimbals were on display as well as several drones of various sizes.

One gimbal was the recently released Ronin-S, a product in which I am interested, but did not dare pick it up and try it out as the Canon DSLR mounted on it had a defective lens mount lock and the Canon EF 24-105mm kit zoom lens looked like it was in danger of dropping off at any moment. 

It is great that a standalone store is now showing off and selling DJI products in Sydney now.

Although a subset of DJI products and other brands of drones and gimbals can be found in some city and suburban camera stores, none so far have a a substantial collection of such products to see, try and buy.

I would love to find a place that stocks Zhiyun-Tech handheld gimbals so I can try them out as well, in order to make an informed purchasing choice and so I can make informed recommendations to readers of ‘Untitled’.

It would also be terrific to find a store where the staff do not ignore me as if I were invisible.

Do they assume that an unaccompanied female cannot afford to buy their products?

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The Phoblographer: Let’s Talk About the Gender Gap in Art and Photography

https://www.thephoblographer.com/2018/10/09/gender-gap-art-photography/

“… These numbers reinforce the long-standing notion that male photographers receive better deals overall: including, but not limited to, assignments, wages, positions, and exposure. And it’s not even that women don’t make the effort. As the same study found, they do, in fact, do so more than their male peers: more of them are university educated, more engaged in social media, more versatile in terms of technology used, and more digitally savvy.

Which is why it can get irritating and exhausting every time news like a prominent camera brand announcing not one, not two, but 32 brand ambassadors, with literally all of them being male photographers comes out….”

Image of Migrant Mother by renowned female photographer Dorothea Lange sourced from the Library of Congress’ Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC).

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Bluecoat Press: Elswick Kids, Kickstarter Campaign for Latest Book of Photographs by the Great British Documentary Photographer Tish Murtha

Tish Murtha, one of Magnum photojournalist David Hurn’s first students at the famous School of Documentary Photography in Newport, Wales, in the 1970s, was one of the finest documentary photographers of her generation but, in the all-too-usual manner, was ignored by the photography establishment until recently thanks to the tireless efforts of her daughter Ella Murtha, The Photographers’ Gallery, Bluecoat Press, Café Royal Books and others. 

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The course at The School of Documentary Photography was unique in Britain at the time and produced many fine photographers, a couple of whom later moved to Australia.

Others went on to fame and fortune, while Tish Murtha seemed to have disappeared into the background after initial early successes and commissions, dying prematurely in 2013.

Given the way female photographers have tended to be ignored and forgotten, it is wonderful to see that Tish Murtha is finally receiving the recognition that she deserved so much in her lifetime.

Photograph from “Elswick Kids’ by the late, great British documentary photographer Tish Murtha.

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The Guardian: The high-fliers club: how Susan Wood captured the original rebel girls

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/sep/28/the-high-fliers-club-how-susan-wood-captured-the-original-rebel-girls

“There’s Jayne Mansfield, striding through New York in a tight dress. There’s fashion designer Diane von Fürstenberg, reclining on a flight with a notepad on her lap. There’s lifestyle icon Martha Stewart, leading ducks round her property dressed in a denim romper suit. They’re all here, along with Susan Sontag, Nora Ephron and countless other celebrities, intellectuals and icons of the 20th century – and all of them women.

Susan Wood, the celebrated photographer who took these shots, found that her subjects all shared certain characteristics. “The first thing is intelligence,” she says. “The second is responsiveness. And they all had tremendous energy, joie de vivre, openness. They could understand things that weren’t quite said.”…”

Women: Portraits 1960-2000, by Susan Wood, published by Pointed Leaf Press, 2018.

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Gerry Orkin: Street Photography’s Man Problem

http://www.gerryorkin.com/blog/street-photography-s-man-problem

“… The most active and influential street tribes have been top heavy with men. And they defined the language and culture of street in their image, a legacy that is largely intact today.

That explains why some women experience the street community as a boys club. They feel tolerated, but don’t feel like they fully belong, and that the deck is stacked against them. And that’s not just the view of women; many men I’ve spoken to are also alienated by the overtly male culture of street.

That situation isn’t unique to street photography;  it’s a legacy of history….”

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PDN: Dear Men: Allies Call for More Men to Step Up in the Photo Industry

https://www.pdnonline.com/features/industry-updates/dear-men-now-time-good-allies/

“… For every man we celebrate and also shield from the effects of his misdeeds, there’s a woman who’s left the industry because of all the harassment and undermining they’ve faced. This isn’t a hypothetical. We know women who have. They’ve given up their dreams. They’ve given up on their careers. Their mental health suffers. Who knows how many important stories have gone untold because they’ve left the industry. The total loss from this toxic culture is incalculable….”

PDN article authors Daniel Sircar and Justin Cook

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