Celebrating Women Photographers on International Women's Day

08 March 2019

SIG: Women in Photography

Celebrate International Women's Day by visiting one of the following exhibitions featuring amazing women photographers. 

Image: © Matilda Temperley, Sophia Campbell preparing her scythe for topping weeds in the pasture at Tinkers Bubble.

Alys Tomlinson: Ex-Voto

In Ex-Voto, Tomlinson explores Christian pilgrimage sites in Lourdes in France, Ballyvourney in Ireland and Grabarka in Poland. Shot on a large format 5×4 film camera, the works evoke stillness and reflect the mysterious, timeless quality present at these sites of great contemplation.

The exhibition opened with the launch of “Ex-Voto”, published by GOST Books with essays by Guardian writer Sean O’Hagan, Professor John Eade, University of Roehampton and Dr. Rowan Cerys Tomlinson. Works from Ex-Voto can also been seen at the RPS IPE 161 in Bristol (then touring), at Side Gallery, Newcastle, and at the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House.
Hackelbury Fine Art, London until 18 April 2019

diane arbus: in the beginning

Organised by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and adapted for Hayward Gallery, diane arbus: in the beginning takes an in-depth look at the formative first half of Arbus’ career, during which the photographer developed the direct, psychologically acute style for which she later became so widely celebrated. 

The exhibition features more than 100 photographs, the majority of which are vintage prints made by the artist, drawn from the Diane Arbus Archive at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. More than two-thirds of these photographs have never been seen before in the UK. 
Hayward Gallery, South Bank Centre, London until 6 May 2019

Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize

The four artists shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2019 are: 

Laia Abril for the publication On Abortion (Dewi Lewis Publishing, November 2017)
Susan Meiselas for the exhibition Mediations (Jeu de Paume, Paris, 6 February – 30 May 2018)
Arwed Messmer for the exhibition RAF – No Evidence / Kein Beweis (ZEPHYR|Raum für Fotografie, Mannheim, 9 September – 5 November 2017)
Mark Ruwedel for the exhibition Artist and Society: Mark Ruwedel (16 February – 16 December 2018 at Tate Modern, London)

This year’s nominees survey a vast range of topical issues through the lens and language of photography. Collectively their projects explore state and gender politics, social injustice, human rights and conceptual approaches to image making. 
The Photographer's Gallery, London until 2 June 2019, then Deutsche Börse's headquarters in Eschborn/Frankfurt.

Matilda Temperley: A View From the Hill

Documentary and fashion photographer Matilda Temperley is turning her camera towards home territory for a new exhibition about Somerset. Temperley received the commission from the South West Heritage Trust, with an exhibition, book and documentary film out now. The exhibition is in Glastonbury, close to where Temperley grew up and now lives. Her associated photobook further explores the people and places that are close to her heart.  
Temperley said: “Having a commission to explore my own area has been wonderfully eye-opening. Looking a little harder at my surroundings has been an incredible adventure. It is more diverse and interesting than I ever imagined, and I have only scratched the surface.”
Somerset Rural Life Museum, Glastonbury until 1 June 2019

209 Women

209 Women marks 100 years since the first general election in which some women could vote. It seeks to champion the visibility of women: particularly in politics, where decisions are made that affect people of all genders. It features new portraits of the UK’s women MPs photographed by female photographers in an all-female initiative.  

It launched on 14 December at the Houses of Parliament, 100 years to the day that the first women walked into polling stations to cast their ballots. Now, it opens in Liverpool with the full set being shown for the first time — including Sinn Féin MPs who abstained from showing their images in the Houses of Parliament.
Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool until 14 April 2019

Reflecting Bauhaus: Photographs and Paintings

One for later this month but still worth a mention, this exhibition will feature photographs by leading Bauhaus artist, Florence Henri, who originally trained as a painter, then turned to photography after enrolling at the Bauhaus school of art, design and archiecture in 1927.  At the school, Henri encountered the latest art movements of the time - Constructivism, Surrealism, Dadaism and De Stijl - and became one of the most celebrated photographers associated with the Bauhaus.  
Atlas Gallery London from 28 March - 18 May 2019