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Title: Joan Wakelin HonFRPS
Author: PlanetHeroines
Votes: 3

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Description: Joan Wakelin HonFRPS - Historical Heroine Born April 21 1928; died September 23 2003. Joan Wakelin HonFRPS was an exceptional photojournalist, championing causes at home and abroad. Shooting in both colour and black and white she specialised in black and white portraiture, finding her subjects in situations of conflict, desperation, and also in happiness. While she recognised that being a woman was beneficial in some situations, her humour, sincerity and efficiency helped Joan through bureaucratic barriers.

Home news spurred her career: involvement with the Greenham Common protests of the early 1980s against the siting of cruise missiles at the US air base. The women protesters, their way of life, and the campaigning tactics that evolved around the peace camp became the subject of key images for Joan.

Abroad, sometimes working for major charities, she helped raise awareness of significant causes including refugees in Thailand (1980) and Hong Kong (1989). Not only did she work in some very challenging situations but she took very meaningful images that told the stories with passion and concern she had for her subjects. It was her enthusiasm that led many to agree to become her photo subjects, and she had a particular empathy with New Zealand's Maori communities. As a guest of the New Zealand government, she lectured there on the photography of its peoples and landscapes during trips in the 1980s and early 1990s. She also went to Australia to document Aboriginal communities.

Within the Society Joan was one of the few women taking an active part in the governance of the Society and would also ways make her opinion well known at Council meetings. She positively encouraged more women to become involved at this level. Along with Bill Wisden and a small number of other senior members she established the Licentiate Panel in the 1970s, successfully chairing it for many years and leaving it with a very sound legacy.

Related to her photography projects abroad she also raised the profile of the Society's Overseas Chapters, always engaging with Society members in any country she visited, especially in Asia and Australasia, where she was very highly regarded. In 2000 she was awarded the Society's Fenton Medal.

Her Legacy to the Society resulted in the Joan Wakelin Bursary in conjunction with the Guardian Newspaper which offers £2000 for the production of a photographic essay on an overseas social documentary issue. The final project is published in both The Guardian and the Society Journal.

There is a very significant selection of her work in the RPS Collection, including her book, A Different Drum. Bill Wisden's epilogue to the book reads: "Joan's pictures are concerned with the reality of people she photographs. Using design and skilful understanding of light, her images get behind the mask so often presented to the camera, and reveal the inner person to the viewer. Her images never mock or take advantage, with understanding and compassion she build a rapport with her people of whatever creed, and in consequence, avoids the style of work that could be interpreted as an 'Invasion of privacy'. Her pictures are powerful, direct, and above all else, have a great integrity. Truth is everything to Joan."

Nominated and text compiled by Rosemary Wilman HonFRPS and John Page HonFRPS