Talk: Brighton International Women’s Day; Sat 4th March

This March, we’re very pleased to once again be celebrating International Women’s Day. As part of Brighton International Women’s Day, we will be at The Old Courthouse in Brighton to present two talks from photographers Marilyn Stafford and Nina Emett, who have both worked extensively around themes and issues affecting women around the world. At the end of the talk, The Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award will be launched, in association with FotoDocument.


Saturday 4th March, 2017. Midday to 1:30pm.  The Old Courthouse, Brighton. 

Free Entry.


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 successfully brought the mafia to trial for killing her son and India’s only woman Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi.  Nina will present her project ‘Women Workers of India’, about the legacy of ‘the gentle revolutionary’ Ela Bhatt who set up the organisation, SEWA (Self-Employed Women’s Association), in 1972 which has successfully lifted hundreds of thousands of women in India out of poverty through trade unionism and worker cooperatives. The work will be published by Indian art book publisher Mapin in January 2018.

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.

Marilyn Stafford

Copyright Jim Stephenson 2017.

Copyright Jim Stephenson 2017.

Copyright Jim Stephenson 2017.

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.

Nina Emett




Nina Emett graduated from London College of Communication in 1997 with a Postgraduate Diploma in Photojournalism. She has worked as a freelance photographer for a wide variety of NGOs and publications including Amnesty International, The Medical Foundation for Victims of Torture, The Independent among many others.

Alongside, she works on her own long-term documentary photo essays, including her current project ‘Women Workers of India’. Nina also works as a photography commissioner and curator through arts education organisation FotoDocument which she set up in 2012 to bring a solution-focused approach to documentary photography. Nina won a PEA (People Environment Achievement) Award in 2015 for FotoDocument’s extensive One Planet City project. / @NinaEmettPhoto


Saturday 4th March, 2017. Midday to 1:30pm.  The Old Courthouse, Brighton. 

Free Entry.


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