Photography: Gender Trends

Figure 1.--This postcard probably dating to the 1930s shows the general attitude that photography is for boys. I believe that this is a Dutch card.

Most early photographers were men. The noted phothraphers of the 19th and early 20 century were largely, but not exclusively men. This continued into the 20th century. Boys generally showed a much greater interest in photography than boys. Boys are much likely to pursue photography as a hobby. Acquirng faster and longer lenses and the latest gizmo seems to appeal to boys more than girls. A HBC reader writes, "Your right about boys and photograhy. Here in Australia, I was really in to photography when I turned 13 years of age and still have the picture to prove it." More girls are now going into photography, often drawn by the artistic potential pf the media. At least in America, the gap between boys and girls in photography has narrowed considerably. We are less sure about other countries.

Christopher Wagner

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Created: October 19, 2002
Last updated: October 19, 2002