Women, Photography, and Feminisms.

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November 18-19, 2021
at Pérez Art Museum Miami

Maggie Steber. Masuda Dreams of the Past, 2005. © Maggie Steber. Courtesy of the artist.

The first-ever WOPHA Congress is co-presented by Women Photographers International Archive (WOPHA) and Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)

Lead Support is provided by
Official Hotel Partner
Major support is provided by Arts Connection Foundation, Green Family Foundation, María C. Bechily, Miami Downtown Development Authority, One Sotheby’s International Realty, and The Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation at The Miami Foundation. Programs are made possible with support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, and the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

About the Organizer

Women Photographers International Archive (WOPHA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded by Latinx art historian and curator Aldeide Delgado to research, promote, support, and educate on the role of those who identify as women and non-binary in photography. Having begun as a dynamic database showcasing the unique stories of women-identified Cuban photographers, WOPHA has expanded its geographic scope to include photographers around the globe. The organization is currently documenting the diverse artistic production of Latin American and Latinx communities, including photographers from Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and artists of Latin American descent living and working in the United States.

Deborah Willis
Deborah Willis. Carrie at Euro Salon, Eatonville, 2009. © Deborah Willis. Courtesy of the artist.

About the Congress

The world’s first-ever WOPHA Congress is a two-day convening presented at the Pérez Art Museum Miami and virtually, with parallel activations occurring across the city. It seeks to create a critical space for photography by bringing together worldwide organizations of women photographers, art historians, theorists, and curators who aim to build upon and better represent the dynamic history of women photographers from the nineteenth century through today. This event presents seminal and emerging research and discourse in the field, considering both national and international discussions about women and feminisms in the history of photography. At the same time, it constitutes a platform to celebrate women and provides an unparalleled network for the international community of women in the photographic arts.

“Pérez Art Museum Miami is the ideal place for the convening of the Women Photographers International Archive’s first Congress.”

– Franklin Sirmans

PAMM Director

“Photography is an amazing medium for storytelling, self expression and commentary on the world around us. We are excited to help bring the Women Photographers International Congress to Miami later this year.”

– Victoria Rogers

Vice-President of Arts at Knight Foundation

“We are confident that this will be a watershed event, further inspiring women to share their unique talents through the power of photography.”

– Florencia Rotemberg

General Manager of the JW Marriott Marquis Miami

“I have conceived the WOPHA Congress as a space that will render women photographers visible while advancing critical debate about modern and contemporary photography by women and non-binary practitioners.”

– Aldeide Delgado

WOPHA Founder & Director

“WOPHA Congress is the perfect occasion to discuss how we can collapse the interlocking hierarchies of sexism, racism and regionalism through women's camera lenses.”

– Amy Rosenblum-Martín

Guest Assistant Curator at MoMA PS1

“This symposium, with the participation of leading scholars, curators, specialists, and artists will be a seminal event, putting forward new views and research on a generally neglected topic in canonical history of photography.”

– Idurre Alonso

Associate Curator at Getty Research Institute

“WOPHA Congress reúne de forma inédita a las figuras más relevantes del medio fotográfico y los feminismos a nivel mundial. Es un evento donde teóricas, artistas, fotógrafas, colectivos y activistas mujeres, se reunirán en dos días de intercambio, aprendizaje y reconocimiento.”

– Mane Adaro

Director and Editor of Atlas Magazine

“The premise of "Women, Photography, and Feminisms" is important and groundbreaking. The conference will foster and present research in relation to a range of important issues—from race, nation, and class to the complexity of feminism itself and its nuances and points of view.”

– Maurice Berger, Ph.D.

New York Times Art Critic at the Lens section

“Long neglected, the women that are the subject of Aldeide Delgado's initiative will be introduced to a new audience that ranges from professionals in the field to the general public, and their work will be celebrated in an international forum.”

– Carol Damian, Ph.D.

Art Historian

“Reaching across cultural barriers, the congress raises urgent contemporary questions about what it means to practice photography and to practice writing about photography from a feminist point of view as we enter the second decade of the 21st century.”

– Claire Raymond, Ph.D.

Lecturer and Art Historian

2021 Congress


Introduction (virtual)

Marie Vickles and Aldeide Delgado


Book Presentation: A World History of Women Photographers (virtual)

Marie Robert, Luce Lebart, Maria Kapajeva, and Ileana L. Selejan, PhD




Conversation: Can Men Create Feminist Photography? (virtual)

Charlotte Jansen, Ates Isildak, and Heather Diack, PhD


Lunch Break


Introduction (virtual)

Claire Raymond


Keynote: A New Gaze. Refiguring the Future (virtual)

Roxana Marcoci


Panel: Weaving the Feminist Photograph: Identity, Inclusion, and Instatement (virtual)

Abigail Solomon-Godeau, Elizabeth Ferrer, and Claire Raymond


Welcoming Remarks (in-person and virtual)

Franklin Sirmans, Darlene Pérez, and Aldeide Delgado


Spoken Word: Letter to the Forgotten Grandmother (in-person and virtual)

Simone Lagrand


Keynote: Returning the Gaze. Portraits to Self-Portraits (in-person and virtual)

Deborah Willis


Conversation: El Picnic, A Meeting Place for Photography (in-person and virtual)

Laura González-Flores, Eugenia Vargas Pereira, Nereida Garcia Ferraz, and Aldeide Delgado




Conversation: Documentary Photography and the Power of Imagination (in-person and virtual)

Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, Vanessa Charlot, Veronica Sanchis Bencomo, Maggie Steber, and Daniella Zalcman


Closing Remarks (in-person and virtual)

Marie Vickles


Welcoming Remarks (in-person and virtual)

Amy Rosenblum-Martín and Andreína Fuentes Angarita


Conversation: Productive Failure and Queer Photography (in-person and virtual)

Alpesh Kantilal Patel and Carlotta Boettcher


Artist Lecture Adama Delphine Fawundu (in-person and virtual)

Adama Delphine Fawundu


Panel: This Is Not an Archival Object (hybrid)

Ariella Aïsha Azoulay, Deborah Dorotinsky, Shoair Mavlian, and Ángeles Donoso Macaya


Lunch Break


Artist Lecture: María Martínez-Cañas (in-person and virtual)

María Martínez-Cañas


Keynote: The New Woman Behind the Camera (in-person and virtual)

Andrea Nelson, PhD


Panel: On the Feminist Curating of Women Photographers’ Work (hybrid)

Karen Cordero Reiman, Abby Chen, and Grace Aneiza Ali




Announcement 2022 WOPHA Inaugural Artist in Residence at The Betsy Hotel (in-person and virtual)

Lesley Goldwasser and Aldeide Delgado


Artist Lecture: Nadia Huggins (in-person and virtual)

Nadia Huggins


Conversation: In Our Glory; Spirituality and Representation in Photography (virtual)

Lisa-Kaindé Diaz, Naomi Diaz, Maya Dagnino, and Aldeide Delgado


Closing Remarks (in-person and virtual)

Mane Adaro

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