I’m a photographer and graphic artist who lives in New York. When I went on the board of Professional Women Photographers a few years back, I visited the storage room where they keep their archives. Looking at all the files, I saw a tremendous amount of paper, and images that were about 90% B&W, and had a strange sensation. All of a sudden it struck me how much photography had changed in the years since the organization was founded in 1975. Women came into the field, photography took off in the art world, the world shifted from analogue to digital. In other words, it had undergone massive transformation.
It absolutely fascinated me. Some people and businesses flourished in the new environment, others were left behind. Most were dazed by the change. I began to write a blog for Professional Women Photographers (pwponline.org/blog) about the experience of women in photography, and one of the posts, Sgt. Pepper Uncovered was even named one of the Top Blog Posts of 2011 by Photoshelter. I took a share in a studio in Bushwick and began writing for Arts in Bushwick, a terrific artist-based organization.
But I kept circling back to photography from the mid-70’s to the present. So on this website, in articles, interviews, and images, I am going to explore that change. On this site, it will be filed under the category/subject of “Photo History Project.” I invite you to take a look, and if you have any insights or news about photography from the 1970s to the present time, feel free to drop me a line. I look forward to hearing from you.
– Catherine Kirkpatrick