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Download: The Other Observers. Women in Photography in Britain 1900 to the Present

Women in Photography the Other Observers was commissioned in 1984 by the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television. Val Williams researched into the history of women in photography, resulting in a book, a TV series by Channel 4 and an exhibition that successfully toured Britain. Curated and written by Val Williams this was the first book of its kind that gave a historical account of women in photography in Britain in the 1900s. 

Throughout her research she collated and brought together many lesser known photographers alongside more well known names, resulting in a celebration of women in the field of photography, including Christina Broom, Dorothy Wilding, Vanessa Bell and Julia Margaret Cameron.

As part of Val Williams' extensive archive and revisited here for the first time since 1986, this particular series of work engages us with contemporary questions such as women’s role in photography in the 1900’s in relation to nowadays, the legacy of this work, and poses the relevant question ‘what can we learn from these archives today?’

Curated by PARC Graduate Associates Ana Escobar and Jacqui Taylor as part of the Moose on the Loose outreach programme.

Showing 9th June 2017 - 31st July 2017 at PARCspace, Room W224, London College of Communication, Elephant and Castle, London, SE1 6SB.

Open Tuesdays from 12noon to 2pm, by appointment. To arrange a visit, please contact Melanie King at

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