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16 January 2021

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

So we're pleased to present the 379th in our series of Saturday matinees today: Womens Work Photography Exhibition 2020.

This five-minute clip showcases the Womens Work Exhibition 2020 at the Ellen Melville Centre in Auckland, New Zealand.

The exhibit featured the work of women photographers shooting portraits of women. "Feel the Female Gaze" was the tag line to describe the exhibition showing women through female photographers' eyes.

Here's a brief description of the event:

Women's Work is a unique exhibition celebrating the work of 21 women photographers from the Advertising and Illustrative Photographers' Association running over four days from 6 March at the Ellen Melville Centre. Coinciding with International Women's day, Women's Work is an opportunity to explore the female gaze as an alternative to the ubiquitous male perspectives that tend to dominate commercial and advertising photography.

The portraits were printed poster size and mounted both outdoors in public and indoors.

The video features several of the commercial photographers talking about the experience of exhibiting their work for the event. They include Victoria Baldwin, producer Briar Pacey, Sacha Stejko, Michelle Hyslop and Melissa Nickerson.

The first of what organizers hope to make an annual event, Womens Work Exhibition provided exhibitors three important benefits.

First, their work was seen. Second, they met (and worked on the exhibit with) each other. Third, it opened new opportunities for them.

It was, in a word, a thrill. And not just for them.

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