Welcome to Women in View, your friendly introduction to research undertaken for the ARC project, ‘The Complete Craze: Women’s Photography and Colonial Modernity,’ at the University of Melbourne.

Led by project mentor Associate Professor Anne Maxwell, with research associate Dr Lucy Van and research assistant Ms Morfia Grondas, this project takes in the history of photographic practices by women across the Asia-Pacific region from the late colonial to mid-twentieth century period.

This blog looks back on a forgotten history, and shines a light on the innovations, stories, and of course, the images made by women photographers. Here you will find the early amateur photographer, Elizabeth Louisa How, and the first Indigenous woman photographer (that we know of), Mavis Walley.  We look at art photographers such as Olive Cotton and Jill Crossley, early photojournalists such as Pat Holmes, and a range of ethnographic and travel photographers. As we view, gaze and discover, we think about what photographs can tell us about nation, gender and class in the context of a rapidly developing modernity. We especially consider how discourses of women’s photography intersect with colonialism.

As well as profiles on individual women photographers, this blog will also share information about upcoming photographic exhibitions, talks and publications.