Pub­lic aware­ness

Amateur Photographer - - 7 Days -

Hun­dred Hero­ines was the brain­child of RPS Vice Pres­i­dent, Del Bar­rett. ‘ We’ve been over­whelmed by the re­sponse, and re­ally im­pressed by the qual­ity of the nom­i­na­tions and the in­ter­na­tional reach,’ she told AP. Del came up with the idea as a way of rais­ing pub­lic aware­ness of the ex­cel­lent work be­ing cre­ated by women glob­ally. ‘It was one of those light­bulb mo­ments, where two events came to­gether. It’s been the cen­te­nary of women’s suf­frage, so we were mulling over things we could do for that, but I no­ticed so many great women pho­tog­ra­phers when I was trav­el­ling abroad, and won­dered why we were not see­ing their work in the UK.’

Del finds it im­pos­si­ble to pick spe­cific pho­tog­ra­phers she is pleased to see in the list - ‘I love them all, they have been like my chil­dren over the last few months’ – and has re­vealed plans to ex­pand the idea to cover 100 his­tor­i­cal pho­to­graphic hero­ines. ‘ This will go to a pub­lic vote, so we will rank it,’ she ex­plains. ‘ Try­ing to rank the cur­rent 100 Hero­ines would have been a mas­sive task for the jury.’ See the full list and more up­dates at www.rp­s100hero­ines.org.

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