18 MARCH - 7 MAY 2022

Photographing Protest: Resistance through a feminist lens

This exhibition celebrated images by feminist photographers, who used their cameras to support social change in Britain from 1968 to the present. 

Photographing Protest explored how women and nonbinary photographers, and those making work within a feminist context have shaped the representation of public protest. Posing a challenge to the male-dominated history of reportage, it explored how photographers have created alternative, feminist narratives. From sit-ins to street theatre, candlelight vigils to deportation campaigns, their images resonate across the generations in struggles for gender equality, social justice and civil rights.  

The exhibition included work by Fiona Alexander, Katalin Arkell, Angela Christofilou, Elainea Emmott, Sally Fraser, Melanie Friend, Sheila Gray, Sally Greenhill, the Hackney Flashers, Judy Harrison, Tessa Howland, Jess Hurd, Pam Isherwood, Loraine Leeson, Jenny Matthews, Michael Ann Mullen, Maggie Murray, Joanne O’Brien, Raissa Page, Angela Phillips, Brenda Prince, Mary Turner, Bex Wade, Janine Wiedel, Val Wilmer, Mo Wilson and Carole Wright.


  • 10 March: Against the Tide and Us For All Women
    A conversation with Rose Comiskey, Camila Cavalcante and Orla Fitzpatrick about photography, protest and reproductive rights in Ireland and Brazil.
  • 31 March: ‘I Cannot Be Sure That I Will Not Be Erased or Voided’
    Aga Skrodzka spoke with new media artist Katarzyna Kozyra about her art, female artists in Poland, and her experiments with the camera.
  • 21 April: Organising, Protesting and Taking Pictures
    A conversation with Taous Dahmani, Maggie Murray & Joanne O’Brien.
  • 28 April: Feminism, Photography and Resistance Symposium
    An afternoon of discussion, talks and screenings with an international cohort of artists, writers, and thinkers.

Watch talk recordings

Read MAI 9: Photography & Resistance


This project was supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, the Netherlands Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies (NIOD) and the European Commission within the framework of H2020-EU.1.3.2, and through the generous support of the Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn Trust and the Lipman-Miliband Trust.


Press Release


Times Radio 

BBC Radio London

London Live TV 

Greatest Hits Radio 


The Independent 

Woman's Hour, BBC Radio 4 

British Photographic History

Black and White Photography Magazine 

Digital Camera World 

Ian Visits 

Aesthetica Magazine 

Image: The first Women's Liberation Movement march, London, 1971. © Sally Fraser/