Q&A Rut Blees Luxemburg and Del Barrett
To mark the new Hundred Heroines campaign launched by the Royal Photographic Society we’ve met with Rut Blees Luxemburg and Del Barrett to discuss matters of women’s representation in photography. Thank you so much for joining us!
Could you outline the Hundred Heroines project; explaining in which ways it is a curatorial project or where it as a campaign to more raise awareness of women’s status in photography?
DB: Globally, there are so many extraordinary female photographers making extraordinary work, much of which is often overlooked. We launched an international campaign, not as a curatorial project, but to challenge current perceptions. The campaign called upon the general public, as well as leading photography industry figures, to nominate their own modern-day photography heroines in order to highlight awareness of the impact women are having on the medium. By adding our voice to the conversation, we hope to support the redefinition and realignment of women in contemporary photography.
RBL: Hundred Heroines is twofold: marking and amplifying the significance that exceptional female practitioners have in photography and accelerating the recognition of ground-breaking female photographers working globally.