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The Photography Show – ‘Women in Photography’

There’s another good reason to attend The Photography Show, I say ‘another’ because I am of course referring to the seminars that I will be presenting about mobile photography and art – to learn more about those and to get a discounted ticket, go here.

The Photography Show – held at the NEC in Birmingham from 21-24 March – is one of the biggest photographic events in the year, bringing together the very best of the photographic industry.

Part of The Photography Show’s appeal is that it provides a platform to address and champion all aspects of the photographic world. In-keeping with this ethos the show has introduced a panel discussion that focuses on Women in Photography, a subject that is topical for the industry and still very much discussed and debated.

A panel of women, all leaders in their chosen field, will discuss the position of women in photography as seen from their own experience and perspectives.

Facilitator, Bridget Coaker, Founder of Troika Editions and Picture Editor for The Guardian and The Observer explains “The resurgence of feminism and issues of gender equality make the debate around the role of women in photography relevant not only to the photographic industry but  to women’s position in society more generally. Women work either side of the camera, as maker or subject and as importantly women are often the leaders, taste-makers and educators within the photography world, yet it is the men who command the high prices in galleries and are chosen for high profile fashion and advertising commissions.”

The three key themes open to discussion will be:

  •  Does photography have a gender bias?
  •  Raising the profile of women photography – should we rely on more traditional strategies of encouragement to help break through?
  •  Networking and self promotion, confidence and self belief. Are they enough?

Coaker goes on to say “This will be a great opportunity to hear how women can succeed and what obstacles still remain to be overcome. Expect a lively discussion from both the panel and questions from the floor.”

The panel discussion takes place 14:00-15:30 on Monday 23rd March in the Toute Suite.


The Photography Show is supported by the Royal Photographic Society, the Master Photographers Association, the Association of Photographers, the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain, The Societies, The Disabled Photographers’ Society and FORMAT Festival.

Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website—— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said. Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London. Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art. Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK. She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at: [email protected]