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.