Join photographers Marilyn Stafford and Nina Emett as they each present a selection of photographs from their work based on the theme of women, hosted by Miniclick facilitator, Jim Stephenson. They will also launch The Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award for women photographers – in association with FotoDocument – hosted by the Mayor of Brighton & Hove.

Marilyn will show excerpts from some of the important stories she has covered over 30 years working as a photojournalist, including the Sicilian peasant woman who brought the mafia to trial and won and India’s only woman Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi. Nina will present her current photo essay ‘Women Workers of India’, (published by Mapin, India, 2018), about the legacy of Ela Bhatt who set up the revolutionary organisation, SEWA – Self-Employed Women’s Association – in 1972 which has successfully lifted hundreds of thousands of women in India out of poverty.

The Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award will be granted annually to a professional woman photographer towards the initiation or completion of a compelling and cohesive photo essay which addresses an important social, economic, cultural or environmental issue. Working as a reportage photographer in a largely male industry, Stafford personally experienced how difficult it was for women to balance career and family, especially with each opportunity hard won. She recognises that this difficulty still exists for women in the industry today and she hopes to help redress the balance.

WHERE? The Old Court Room

WHEN? Saturday 4th March, 12.00 – 1.30pm

About Marilyn Stafford

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, Marilyn Stafford’s photographic career was accidently launched in 1948 when she was asked to photograph Albert Einstein by friends making a film about him. En route to Einstein’s home in New Jersey, she was given a camera and a quick lesson in how to use it.

Her photographic career took her across the world, starting in Paris in the 1950s where she photographed children living in one of the city’s worst slums – Cite Lesage-Boullourde. In the early 1960s she travelled to India where she spent many weeks documenting the country’s first and only woman Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi. Stafford settled in England in the mid-sixties, where she was one of a handful of women photographers working on Fleet Street.

Her work spans from 1948 – 1980 and covers a variety of subjects including refugees, tribal peoples, international fashion and prominent historical figures. Her portraits include Edith Piaf, Sir Richard Attenborough, Alberto Moravia, Lee Marvin, Joanna Lumley among many others. Her work has been exhibited all over the world and is syndicated through Sipa press, Paris and Camera Press, London.

About Nina Emett
Nina Emett is a documentary photographer, photography commissioner and photography curator, combining important social and environmental issues with the photographic arts.

She has worked as a freelance photographer for a wide variety of NGOs and publications including Amnesty International and The Independent and has also worked on her own long-term photography projects including genocide survivors in Rwanda and refugees in the UK. She is currently working on a documentary project about the empowerment of women workers in India. In 2012 she set up FotoDocument to bring a solution-focused approach to documentary photography. @ninaemettphoto

About FotoDocument

FotoDocument is a unique arts education organisation, which brings visibility to positive social and environmental initiatives around the world through commissioning professional photo essays and installing the work in public spaces to inspire and engage a diverse audience. The work is intended to create a sense of active global citizenship by engaging the public in powerful storylines, which affect us all, through the medium of documentary photography. FotoDocument won a PEA (People Environment Achievement) Award in 2015. @fotodocument