Journée d’études internationale : « The cameraman in a Skirt », le 11 octobre 2022

Journée d’études internationale autour des travaux de Mio Wakita (MAK Museum, Vienna) et Kelly Midori McCormick (University of British Columbia), le 11 octobre 2022.

Lieu : Salle 3.05 – Centre de Colloques du Campus Condorcet, Place du Front Populaire, 93300 Aubervilliers

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9h30 : Introduction Aleksandra Kobiljski (CNRS/EHESS)
10h-12h : Mio Wakita (MAK – Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna) “Fields of Contested Vision: Globetrotter Tourism, Living Dolls and Meiji Souvenir Photography”
12h-13h30 : Pause-déjeuner
13h30-15h30 : Kelly McCormick (University of British Columbia) “Camera Women: A History of Modern Japan by Women Photographers”
15h30-17h30 : Table-ronde co-animée par Elise Voyau (INALCO) et Claude Estebe 

Résumés des interventions

Kelly McCormick “Camera Women: A History of Modern Japan by Women Photographers” 

How might we write the history of modern Japan from the perspective of women who made a living as photographers? This talk sees photography as a form of world building for women in the twentieth century, analysing how women pushed back against the male dominated photography world to create spaces in photo studios, newspapers, and national photo organizations for their work. Dr. McCormick examines the lives and work of women photographers from the 1930s-1970s to show how the meaning of what it meant to be a woman and a photographer shifted over time. McCormick begins with Yamazawa Eiko, who, as the first woman to own a photo studio in Osaka in the 1930s, was the proud face of economic emancipation before World War Two. Touching on such figures as Sasamoto Tsuneko, Tokiwa Toyoko, Matsumoto Michiko, and the women of the Jissen College Photography Club, her talk details the ways photographic practice makes legible discourses of labour, protest, and the nation. Collectively, these women photographers write the history of women in photography in meaningful ways to ask questions about how we write history and propose a means for examining underutilised historical sources. At the end of this talk, Dr. McCormick will introduce, “Behind the Camera/カメラの後ろで: Gender, Power, and Politics in the History of Japanese Photography” an open-source website that creates new critical directions on the history of photography, feminist art history, and the history of modern Japan. This pedagogical tool for the growing global investment in diverse and expanded histories of photography and gender studies will introduce audiences to new perspectives on the history of photography and Japan.

Yasuko D'Hulst

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