Russet Lederman, alongside Olga Yatskevich, is the curator of the exhibition What They Saw. Historical Photobooks by Women 1843–1999 displayed in the Museo Reina Sofía in the Library’s Space D and Documentation Centre. The show, aligned with the same-titled book published by 10×10 Photobooks in 2021, assembles, within a broad frame of reference, works by women around the publication, archive and/or collection of images and photos. On display, therefore, are bound volumes, portfolios, albums, fanzines and other formats, all of which come together under the term photobook.

This initiative looks to bring into relief the role of gender in the history of the photobook, which is why it begins with the famous copy of Anna Atkins’s cyanotypes displayed in the Museo. What They Saw continues the work carried out previously in the book How We See: Photobooks by Women (10×10 Photobooks, 2018), in which female authors compiled photobooks made by women. One of the main goals of the project, explains Lederman in this podcast, is to thus expand the gaze on the history of the photobook in such a way that new narratives and research arise that are mindful of women’s role.


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María Andueza
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