WOPHA support and endorse the Fast Forward Manifesto on women in photography

We are inspired by women in photography and we are passionate about asserting their place in our art history narratives. We define photography as any creative cultural activity that takes place both inside and outside of established arts organizations and institutions – that might include photography, moving image, performance, installation, curation and writing with the widest possible public participation on both a local and national level.


Women Photographers International Archive (WOPHA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded to research, promote, support, and educate on the role of women in photography. Our activities include digitizing historical archives, creating and hosting a center of information and specialized library of books on women photographers, publishing art historic catalogs and books, presenting lectures and workshops, establishing artist residencies and fellowships, and developing online and physical exhibitions.

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Our mission is to highlight the contributions of women photographers to modern and contemporary art in order to rewrite the artistic canon and provoke social change. Women Photographers International Archive (WOPHA) began as a database showcasing women-identified Cuban photographers. WOPHA has since expanded its geographic scope while retaining a core commitment to promote and research, in tandem with other organizations, the plurality of cis, trans, queer, and non-binary voices in photography.

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All WOPHA upcoming events are postponed until further notice as we are closely monitoring the COVID-19 Outbreak. Stay well and tuned via our social media and website \ Exhibition "The New Woman: Gender Discourse in the Development of Cuban Female Photography". Biennale della Fotografia Femminile 2020. Rigoletto’s House. Mantova, March 5-8, 2020.


Our team recovers primary source material, extends reference services to both institutions and individuals, and organizes symposiums to discuss innovative scholarship on women and photography.

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WOPHA highlights themes and portfolios of work held in the archive by producing catalogs, curating exhibitions, and inviting emerging photographers to present their projects on our social media pages.

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WOPHA challenges institutions and collectors to amass catalogs composed of at least 50% women creators. We grant art prizes, artist residency programs, and opportunities through partner organizations.

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We develop community projects exploring opportunities to provoke social change and provide electronic resources to schools and the public through catalogs and video-documented conferences.

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