Woman Daguerreotypist with Camera and Sitter, ca. 1855.
CREDIT: © The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

The first women of photography 1839-1860

Event info

The first women of photography 1839-1860,
an online talk from Rose Teanby,
in conjunction with Photo Oxford 2020

This online talk, delivered by one of the leading researchers on early women photographers, focuses on British women photography pioneers from its earliest days. Many early women photographers have been hidden from history or rarely highlighted despite their unique contribution to our photographic heritage. Examples of women choosing to adopt amateur or professional photography, who have left a legacy of extraordinary photographic images, will be discussed.

The talk will be introduced by photo-historian Dr Michael Pritchard, who will also chair the Q+A with Rose Teanby. Questions will be taken by Zoom chat or can be emailed in advance. 

This talk is presented in conjunction with Photo Oxford 2020.

It is free, but we ask that you register. A Zoom link will be emailed to registrants two days beforehand.  All registrants up to 0730 on 27 October have been sent a Zoom link. Later registrants up to the close of registration at 1600 will be sent the link shortly after 1600. If you haven't received the link please email: michael@rps.org  

Rose Teanby is a Phd candidate at the Photographic History Research Centre, De Montfort University, researching early women photographers. She has spoken widely at conferences and delivered public talks at the National Portrait Gallery, the New York Public Library and elsewhere, and contributed to the RPS Hundred Historical Heroines project in 2018. She is also an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society.

Image: Unknown photographer, American. Woman Daguerreotypist with Camera and Sitter, c.1855. Gift of Hallmark Cards, Inc., 2005.27.5. © The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.


Event Organiser

Dr Michael Pritchard


Cancellation policy

This is an online event. The organiser will do its best to ensure that it keeps to the published timings and runs as planned. In the unlikely event that the event has to be cancelled all participants will be advised by email at the earliest opportunity.  No responsibility will be accepted for any consequential losses.



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