Women in the Frame – A History of Gender and the Photographic Portrait
This three-day course will investigate and highlight the role of women photographers from the 19th century to today and their influence in the field of photographic portraiture. Beginning by exploring the use of the camera by women during the birth of the medium, the course will go on to examine how 20th century women photographers embraced and challenged the documentary traditions of portraiture. We will end by looking at how staging, costumes and props became the recurring tools of photographic self-portraiture. The course will introduce a wide range of artists, covering works by Julia Margaret Cameron, Dorothea Lange, Diane Arbus, Claude Cahun, Cindy Sherman, Annie Lebovitz, Sally Man, Nan Golding, Carrie Mae Weens and Zenele Muholi.
This course will be delivered online via Zoom. All participants will receive information in advance about how to access the course before it commences.
What you will learn:
• Growing confidence in looking at and interpreting photographic portraiture
• Thorough knowledge of key women and non-binary artists working in photography
• Understanding portraiture as a core application and technique of photography
Please note that the virtual course session will not be recorded due to intellectual property rights.
Image: Botticelli, La Primavera, 1477-1482