Wednesday 3rd June 2020 – Women Behind the Lens: Outstanding Female Photographers and Their Contribution to the Art of Photography

Women Behind the Lens: Outstanding Female Photographers and Their Contribution to the Art of Photography

Migrant Woman - Dorothea Lange

Migrant Mother (1936)
Dorothea Lange

Public domain image

Wednesday 3rd June 2020

Brian Stater

The work of women photographers has often been unfairly neglected. This lecture seeks to correct that by examining the contribution of three outstanding British practitioners; Victorian pioneer Julia Margaret Cameron, portraitist Jane Bown and landscape photographer Fay Godwin – and that of two influential Americans – Dorothea Lange, with her documentary images, and contemporary photographer Annie Leibovitz.

Brian’s chief interests lie in photography, architecture and history and he combines all three in his lecturing career. He has taught at University College London since 1997 and became an accredited lecturer for The Arts Society┬áin 2003. He is a member of the Association for Historical and Fine Art Photography and an exhibition of his own photographs has been staged at UCL.

In an attempt to gain a deeper understanding of the skills of some great photographers of the past, he has begun to work with a pre-War Leica camera, as used by his great hero, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and many others.