Talks & conversations 

WOMEN, THE EXCEPTION AN UNDER-REPRESENTATION OF GENDER IN PHOTOGRAPHY?

Fannie Escoulen

The invention of photography has paved the way for new professional, social and creative conquests. Amateurs and the curious hurried to manipulate the medium, in search of experimentation and discovery. Women, finding it a means of expression and personal emancipation, devoted themselves to this technique with great passion and ambition, which allowed them to access a professional and artistic practice on par with men. Yet, they struggle for recognition in the history of photography, and many still suffer from a lack of visibility. So how do you explain this under-representation of gender? Is photography an art written in the masculine? Invited by the delegation of photography of the Ministry of Culture and Paris Photo, Fannie Escoulen, independent curator, in a day dedicated to female photographers, outlines possible reasons for this proven inequality, inviting historians, critics, sociologists, collectors to provide food for thought, reaffirming the inescapable presence of women in the context of major artistic movements, as in prominent collections.