100 First Women Portraits
15 February – 7 June 2020
Anita Corbin’s focus has always been on the image of women. In the early 1980s she created a series of informal portraits of young women in subcultures, Visible Girls. A graduate of the Royal College of Art, Corbin became a highly regarded reportage and portrait photographer with The Sunday Times, The Observer and Elle Magazine. Her work is held in public collections including the National Portrait Gallery.
For 100 First Women Portraits Corbin worked alone. She built intense yet relaxed relationships with each of the First Women over the two hour sittings. Corbin approached each encounter unencumbered by too much research, preferring instead to trust her intuition and learn more from directly from the women themselves.
“100 First Women is not a definitive list. It is my hope that it will be a spur to ensure more women break new ground and keep the list of ‘Firsts’ growing. I am excited to meet the next 100.” Anita Corbin, 2018.