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The ‘girls’: women press photographers and the representation of women in Australian newspapers


Darian-Smith, K, The girls': women press photographers and the representation of women in Australian newspapers, Media International Australia Incorporating Culture and Policy: Quarterly Journal of Media Research and Resources, 161, (1) pp. 48-58. ISSN 1329-878X (2017) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1329878X16665002


In 1975, Fairfax News commemorated International Women's Year by appo1nt1ng Lorrie Graham as its first female cadet photographer. Women only joined the photographic staff of newspapers in significant numbers from the 1980s and were more likely to be employed on regional newspapers than the metropolitan dailies. This article draws on interviews with male and female press photographers collected for the National Library of Australia's oral history programme. It provides an overview of the history of women press photographers in Australia, situating their working lives within an overtly masculine newspaper culture where gender inequity was entrenched. It also examines the gendered and evolving photographic representations of women in the Australian press, including those of women in positions of social and political leadership. Although women press photographers have achieved greater recognition in the 2000s, the transformation of the media industry has impacted the working practices and employment of press photographers.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:photojournalism - Australia, press photography - Australia, women and media, women and photography
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Creative and professional writing
Research Field:Professional writing and journalism practice
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology
UTAS Author:Darian-Smith, K (Professor Kate Darian-Smith)
ID Code:123304
Year Published:2017 (online first 2016)
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:College Office - CALE
Deposited On:2018-01-02
Last Modified:2022-08-26

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