Wellington photographer Anita Corbin’s contribution to International Women’s Day features on ITV West this evening. Anita has photographed two prominent Somerset women who were the first to achieve a particular milestone in their chosen professions. The two women featured in Anita’s groundbreaking project First Women are Charlotte Budd (above), the first woman to ride in the Grand National (1977) and Abbey Burton, first woman to set a British Record Title of 100% perfect score in Olympic Trap Clay Shooting, and a near neighbour of Anita’s in Wellington.
Anita says, “I was approached by ITV West who were looking to mark International Women’s Day by highlighting some of the inspirational women, both senior and junior, who live and work in our county.” ITV will broadcast Anita re-creating the quirky shot of Charlotte Budd that she had taken previously for inclusion in her 2018 exhibition as well as a new photograph of Olympic contender Abbey Burton.
Anita’s project First Women looks at how women will be remembered over the past 100 years. In the years leading up to 2018, the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage, Anita is shooting and collecting 100 iconic portraits of 21st century women who have achieved the landmark title “First Woman” across a range of fields.
In 2018 Anita will launch the First Women travelling exhibition throughout the UK in celebration of 20th and 21st century women. The exhibition will feature three types of photography: portraiture, documentary and archive and will be linked to an interactive website as well as the publication of a beautiful photographic book. Each unique portrait will feature extended captions and introductory essays.