Groundbreaking Exhibition Explores Female Photographers Who Worked Worldwide From The 1920’s To The 1950’s

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Art in Washington have organized a groundbreaking, new photography exhibition, The New Woman Behind the Camera.

The work of Dorothea Lange and of dozens of other female photographers working from the 1920's to ... [+] the 1950's is on display in a new exhibition organized by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and National Gallery of Art.

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On display at the Metropolitan Museum through October 3 and at the National Gallery from October 31 through January 20, 2022—highlights the work of the diverse “new” women who made significant advances in modern photography from the 1920’s to the 1950’s.

During this tumultuous period shaped by two world wars, women stood at the forefront of experimentation with the camera, and produced invaluable visual testimony that reflects both their personal experiences and the extraordinary social and political transformations of the era.

he first exhibition to take an international approach to the subject, The New Woman Behind the Camera examines women’s pioneering work in a number of genres, including avant-garde experimentation; commercial studio practice; social documentary; photojournalism; war photography; and sports, dance, and fashion photography. It features 185 photographs, photo books and illustrated magazines by 120 photographers from more than 20 countries, including Ilse Bing, Lola Álvarez Bravo, Claude Cahun, Dorothea Lange, Lee Miller and Gerda Taro.

“The international scope of this project is unprecedented. Though the New Woman is often regarded as a Western phenomenon, this exhibition proves otherwise by bringing together rarely seen photographs from around the world and presenting a nuanced, global history of photography. The women featured are responsible for shifting the direction of modern photography, and it is exhilarating to witness the accomplishments of these extraordinary practitioners,” said Max Hollein, director of the Met.

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