Anita Corbin, the renowned portrait photographer, is creating a first by the photographic portrayal and characterisation of some 100 chosen remarkable women who have achieved the landmark title of FIRST in their own fields of excellence.
2018 – a significant date for women – marking 100 years of Women’s Suffrage, but for one woman this landmark is far more than that. Renowned photographer Anita Corbin poses the question: How will women be remembered over the past 100 years? What have they achieved in the fields of Sport, Science, Politics, the Arts and Education? And who were these remarkable “first” women, what did they look like?
Many are familiar with the likenesses of Elizabeth 1, Jane Austen and even Boudicca, but none of us are sure that these are really a true representation of those amazing women. A photographic portrait gives the viewer a much clearer depiction of the outer being, but also provides many clues as to the person within, and when it is part of a collection it becomes something else again - a representation of the pioneering spirit of womankind that has infiltrated all aspects of our lives.
In the years leading up to 2018 Anita Corbin will shoot and collect iconic portraits of 21st century women who have achieved the landmark title “First Woman” across a range of fields. In 2018 Anita plans to launch the First Women travelling exhibition throughout the UK in celebration of 20th and 21st century women, creating a magnificent archive for our daughters and their future progeny. The exhibition will feature three types of photography: portraiture, documentary and archive and will be linked to an interactive website as well as the publication of a beautiful photographic book. Each unique portrait will feature extended captions and introductory essays.
“No man is an Island” and no woman truly acts alone and so complementing the key portraits will be an archive collection of photographs of women from the past 100 years showing women at work, rest and play and creating an historical context for the main portraits. Alongside this historical archive Anita plans to put together documentary images of ordinary women just being women – at home, at work and at leisure.
First Women is the project that Anita has waited all her life to create. Her passion was born out of work she began in the early eighties – her Visible Girls portfolio was symbolic of women’s new found freedom to be whoever they wanted to be – and fired by years spent working as a top female photographer for The Sunday Times and The Observer when she was often sent to cover “human interest” stories involving women. All this experience has culminated in Anita’s vision – the creation of a legacy for future generations of women to enable them to understand and appreciate the achievements of their forebears - and perhaps even to laugh incredulously that once upon a time women were regarded as second class citizens without a vote.
Press Releases for First Women
A photographic exhibition reuniting women with their adolescent selves seeks sponsorship from SW businesses
Businesses across the South West have the opportunity to get involved with a unique and ground breaking photographic exhibition which explores a group of young women’s youthful identities through the camera lens - and then revisits those images 35 years later. Visible Girls: Revisited (VG: R) opens in November 2017 in Exeter, followed by Bristol in early 2018.
Release Date: 21st February 2017
West Country-based photographer announces ‘80s subculture series “Visible Girls” show at leading London Venue
Somerset-based photographer Anita Corbin, together with premier photographic lab, Metro Imaging, are displaying Anita’s infamous early 80s subculture series “Visible Girls” in its prestigious Clerkenwell front of house gallery as part of the yearlong PunkLondon celebrations.
Release Date: 23rd April 2016
Women from half a lifetime ago come forward to reveal what it was like to be a “Visible Girl” as new exhibition opens in London
A fascinating collection of portraits from the early ‘eighties, Visible Girls from premier photographer Anita Corbin depicts pairs of young women from 35 years ago. The new exhibition in a London gallery has helped to prompt a nationwide search to find the women, now in their fifties, to see what’s become of them. So far around half the women have been found and each has a fascinating story to tell.
Release Date: 18th April 2016
International Women’s Day sees launch of new digital archive from First Women so community can help create women’s “herstory”
As International Women’s Day pledges to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women; Anita Corbin’s “First Women” project launches a new digital archive which opens technological gates to allow the community to contribute its own recollections, images and documentary material via a portal on the First Women website
Release Date: 7th March 2016
First Women photographer Anita Corbin joins BBC’s 100 Women Debate to discuss image, perceptions of women and their role
Today Somerset based First Women photographer Anita Corbin is delighted to be taking part in the BBC’s 100 Women debates held at the BBC’s London headquarters at Broadcasting House. The event is part of a series of debates which will be held around the world and discuss what it means to be a 'good girl' or an 'ideal woman' in different regions and cultures. The debates will be live streamed on www.bbc.co.uk.
Release Date: 1st December 2015
Creator of First Women welcomes new Suffragette film & celebrates her family connections to women’s rights
Anita Corbin, creator of First Women UK, has welcomed the new Suffragette film on general release this week and celebrates her family connections to the Suffragist movement. First Women is a ground breaking project which culminates in 2018, marking 100 years from when suffragettes saw their efforts recognised and women received the vote for the first time.
Release Date: 8th October 2015
Creator of First Women project welcomes new Suffragette film
Anita Corbin, creator of First Women UK, has welcomed the new Suffragette film opening this year’s London Film Festival and due for general release at the end of October. First Women is a ground breaking project which culminates in 2018, marking 100 years from when suffragettes saw their efforts recognised and women received the vote for the first time.
Release Date: 4th July 2015
Ground breaking UK project makes online headlines around the world!
First Women UK is making waves around the world as this ground breaking project continues to inspire the imagination of those who are supportive of equality wherever they are in the world.
Release Date: 4th June 2015
How International Women's Day inspired a SW based photographer to undertake a ground-breaking project about women
Marking International Women’s Day on 8 March, First Women creator and photographer Anita Corbin, reveals how IWD has inspired her work and the search for the women she photographed over thirty years ago.
Release Date: 5th March 2014
Somerset photographer Anita Corbin makes the First Eleven in world class American Photography Exhibition
Anita Corbin, a Somerset-based photographer, is heading for an exhibition in the American city of San Diego where her portrait of two sisters has been chosen to feature out of a total of 13,000 photographs which were given consideration by Julia Dolan, the Curator of Photography at the Portland Art Museum and judge of The Art of Photography Show.
Release Date: 7th October 2013
National Portrait Gallery acquires “Magnificent Seven” iconic portraits as First Women celebrates half way point, four ‘Firsts’
Somerset-based photographer Anita Corbin has seven good reasons to celebrate as the National Portrait Gallery purchases seven of her portraits from her ground breaking project “First Women” which will be unveiled in 2018 to mark the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage.
Release Date: 4th September 2013
SW based photographer celebrates unveiling of Trailblazer portraits
Picture Caption: Jane Atkinson, the first woman in the world to manage a blast furnace; 9,200 tonnes of liquid iron at 1700 degrees! 6 June 2013: Four iconic new portraits unveiled at the Discovery Museum represent a particular significance for Somerset photographer Anita Corbin who was chosen to undertake the photography commission on behalf of the North East region’s science and industry museum in Newcastle.
Release Date: 6th June 2013
SW based photographer awarded Trailblazers’ commission
In the month that marks International Women’s Day, NE’s Discovery Museum launches new exhibition exploring achievements of women in science and technology & commissions four new portraits from renowned photographer Anita Corbin
Release Date: 11th March 2013
Photographer celebrates International Women’s Day in 2013 with two new portraits for 2018 project marking 100 years of women’s suffrage
Prominent South West photographer Anita Corbin has carried out a very special assignment to mark this year’s International Women’s Day on Friday, 8 March 2013. She has photographed two outstanding Somerset women who were the first to achieve a particular milestone in their chosen professions. The two women who will be included in Anita’s groundbreaking project First Women are Abbey Burton, youngest woman to win World Cup Gold in the Women's Olympic Trap at Shooting (May 2012) and Charlotte Budd, the first woman to ride in the Grand National (1977).
Release Date: 7th March 2013
Somerset photographer celebrates International Women’s Day with two new portraits for 2018 project marking 100 years of women’s suffrage
Somerset photographer Anita Corbin has carried out a very special assignment to mark this year’s International Women’s Day on Friday, 8 March 2013. She has photographed two prominent Somerset women who were the first to achieve a particular milestone in their chosen professions.
Release Date: 6th March 2013
Portrait of First British Woman to win Nobel Prize added to National Portrait Gallery Collection
Two years after Somerset-based photographers Anita Corbin and John O’Grady of Corbin O’Grady Studio saw 11 of their portraits on display at the prestigious National Portrait Gallery; Anita and John will now see another of their portraits depicting famous British scientists join the gallery’s Photographs Collection.
Release Date: 10th February 2012
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