Let Us Now Praise Famous Women: Discovering the work of Female Photographers

A triple photographic portrait by Helen Muspratt

Let Us Now Praise Famous Women: Discovering the work of Female Photographers



 24 October 2020  
  9am – 4.30pm

   Free, book in advance



Let Us Now Praise Famous Women will explore the critical work of women writing about, collecting, and curating photography by women.

Key questions include how women’s voices are heard in the history and criticism of photography, the influence of the feminist movement on women photographers’ careers, and the role of museums in shaping the legacies of women photographers.

The day also foregrounds strategies for emerging photographers to find themselves in a supportive network of ideas and practice.


Taous Dahmani, University of Oxford

Taous Dahmani is a historian of photography, working between Paris and Oxford. She is a PhD fellow at the Panthéon-Sorbonne University Paris, where she taught 20th century history of photography.


Val Williams, University of the Arts London

Val Williams is Professor of the History and Culture of Photography at the University of the Arts London. She is a coeditor of the Journal of Photography & Culture

Erika Lederman, Victoria and Albert Museum

Erika Lederman is a cataloguer of photographs at the Victoria and Albert Museum. She is currently pursuing a DPhil at De Montfort University and the V&A, under the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award Programme.

Jessica Sutcliffe, author

Jessica Sutcliffe is the author of 'Face: Shape and Angle: Helen Muspratt, Photographer'

Patrizia Di Bello, Birkbeck, University of London

Patrizia Di Bello is Professor of History and Theory of Photography, Birkbeck, and editor in chief of History of Photography.

Deborah Cherry, NYU

Deborah Cherry is an art historian whose publications include 'Maud Sulter: Passion' (2015) and the co-edited collection 'Tracey Emin: Art into Life' (2020). She teaches contemporary art at New York University.

Fiona Rogers and Max Houghton, Firecracker

Fiona Rogers is Director of Photography & Operations at Webber Represents and founder of Firecracker (established in 2011).

Max Houghton is Course Leader, MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography, London College of Communication.

Anna Fox, Fast Forward

Anna Fox is Professor of Photography at The University College for the Creative Arts in Farnham.



Taous Dahmani, Introduction


Val Williams (UAL), on creating history and building legacy (Illuminations, The Other Observers, Warworks, Signals Festival)


Followed by a question and answer session


Erika Lederman (V&A), 'The Isabel Project: Uncovering 19th Century Institutional Photographers, One Woman at a Time'


Jessica Sutcliffe, The Helen Muspratt Archive


Followed by a question and answer session

Lunch break

There will be a break before the afternoon sessions begin.


Taous Dahmani, Introduction


Patrizia Di Bello (Birkbeck) on Jo Spence as a writer, organiser & photographer


Deborah Cherry (NYU) 'Maud Sulter: "discourses and dialogues"'


Followed by a question and answer session

Afternoon break

There will be a short break before the last session.

Taous Dahmani, Introduction


Fiona Rogers and Max Houghton, Firecracker 

Anna Fox, Fast Forward 

The panel discussion will start at 3.30pm, but participants will be able to join from 3.15pm


Booking information

When you book for this event, it also includes the panel discussion Women in Photography with Firecracker and Fast Forward at 3.30pm.

There is no need to book for each event separately.

When you have booked your place, the ticketing system will send you an automated confirmation.

A link to access the online event will be sent during the week before the conference to the email address associated with your booking.

If you are unable to book a video recording will be available shortly after.

To cancel your booking, or for any other queries, please email bookcentre@bodleian.ox.ac.uk


Generously supported by MPB