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The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 07/12/21–11/07/21

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NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART

The New Woman Behind the Camera

Edited with text by Andrea Nelson. Foreword by Kaywin Feldman. Preface by Andrea Nelson & Mia Fineman. Text by Elizabeth Cronin, Mila Ganeva, Kristen Gresh, Elizabeth Otto, Kim Sichel.

Ilse Bing, "Selbstporträt mit Leica (Self-Portrait with Leica)," 1931, gelatin silver print, 26.7 × 30.5 cm (10 1/2 × 12 in.), Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg. From 'The New Woman Behind the Camera.'

An in-depth look at the many ways women around the world helped shape modern photography from the 1920s to the 1950s as they captured images of a radically changing world

During the 1920s the New Woman was easy to recognize but hard to define. Hair bobbed and fashionably dressed, this iconic figure of modernity was everywhere, splashed across magazine pages or projected on the silver screen. A global phenomenon, she embodied an ideal of female empowerment based on real women making revolutionary changes in life and art—including photography.

This groundbreaking, richly illustrated book looks at those “new women” who embraced the camera as a mode of expression and made a profound impact on the medium from the 1920s to the 1950s. Thematic chapters explore how women emerged as a driving force in modern photography, bringing their own perspective to artistic experimentation, studio portraiture, fashion and advertising work, scenes of urban life, ethnography and photojournalism.

Featuring work by 120 photographers, this volume expands the history of photography by critically examining an international array of canonical and less well-known women photographers, from Berenice Abbott, Dorothea Lange and Lola Álvarez Bravo to Germaine Krull, Tsuneko Sasamoto and Homai Vyarawalla. Against the odds, these women produced invaluable visual testimony that reflects both their personal experiences and the extraordinary social and political transformations of the era.


Ilse Bing, "Selbstporträt mit Leica (Self-Portrait with Leica)," 1931, gelatin silver print, 26.7 × 30.5 cm (10 1/2 × 12 in.), Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg. From 'The New Woman Behind the Camera.'

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

S Magazine

David Saric

This collection of photography illustrates the notion of the “New Woman”—with her hair bobbed and a desirable sartorial flair—and how she infiltrated the world of experimental picture making, studio portraiture, photojournalism, and other means of image making in the 1920s-50s. A bevy of female photographers are featured, both well-known and not.

L'Oeil de la Photographie

Editors

This book looks at those diverse “new women” who embraced the camera as a mode of expression and made a profound impact on the medium from the 1920s to the 1950s. Thematic chapters explore how women emerged as a driving force in modern photography, bringing multiple perspectives to artistic experimentation, studio portraiture, fashion and advertising work, scenes of urban life, ethnography, and photojournalism.

Musee

Dani Martin

[The New Woman Behind the Camera] poses important, and often nuanced, questions alongside some of the most influential and inspiring early works of female photographers.

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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/20/2021

Today, we celebrate!

Today, we celebrate!

Today, we congratulate Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, forty-sixth President and Vice President of the United States! It's an historic day for so many reasons—one that comes honestly, through the herculean efforts not only of the millions of voters and advocates who braved shocking hostility and the threat of sickness or other physical harm, or the men and women of Congress who oversaw the process, or the judges who ruled on its legality. This day is historic in particular because it is the day that America inaugurates its first woman Vice President—who is also our first Vice President of Black or South Asian descent. In honor of the highest-ranking female elected official in American history, we are pleased to feature this 1931 collage by ringl + pit from The New Woman Behind the Camera.

ringl + pit (Grete Stern, Ellen Auerbach), foldout collage of gelatin silver photographs, twisted string, transparent and opaque watercolor, pen and black ink, with graphite underdrawing, from Die Ringlpitis, 1931, bound volume, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Alfred H. Moses and Fern M. Schad Fund.

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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/22/2020

The radical photojournalism of Galina Sanko in 'The New Woman Behind the Camera'

The radical photojournalism of Galina Sanko in 'The New Woman Behind the Camera'

Russian photojournalist Galina Sanko's iconic 1943 combat photograph, "During the Attack," is reproduced from The New Woman Behind the Camera, one of our top 2020 Holiday Gift suggestions for photo lovers, published in advance of a major 2021 exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. One of only a few women who served as war correspondents during World War II, Sanko covered the Eastern Front, photographing battles in Kursk, Moscow and Stalingrad, as well as the Siege of Leningrad in 1944. "Sanko also photographed war’s impact on people and the landscape," Kara Felt writes in the rich Biography section of the book. "Her images show soldiers conversing with one another and writing letters home, dead and wounded combatants, grief-stricken mothers, displaced civilians returning home, farmers praying for their dead, and children at Petrozavodsk—a camp in which Russians were interned by the Finns. Taken at close range, Sanko’s war pictures capture the brutality of armed conflict."

ABOVE: Galina Sanko, "During an Attack," 1943, gelatin silver print, printed c. 1960s, 15.7 × 24.3 cm (6 3/16 × 9 9/16 in.), Robert Koch Gallery

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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/12/2020

A powerful history of vision and action in 'The New Woman Behind the Camera'

A powerful history of vision and action in 'The New Woman Behind the Camera'

This 1921 portrait of Austrian-Argentine painter Mariette Pachhofer (later Mariette Lydis), by the pioneering Austrian society photographer Madame d'Ora, is reproduced from The New Woman Behind the Camera, published by the National Gallery of Art in advance of a major 2021 exhibition (also stopping at the Metropolitan Museum of Art) examining the many ways women helped shape modern photography from the 1920s through the 1950s. Featuring work by 120 photographers, including well-known figures like Berenice Abbott, Claude Cahun, Dorothea Lange and Lee Miller, as well as names that will be new to many, this volume is, from beginning to end, a revelation. Down-and-dirty war reportage, documentary, avant-garde abstraction, experimental portraiture, and a whole new way of dealing with fashion meet with all sorts of new international ideas about gender, power and artistic license.

ABOVE: Madame d'Ora, "Mariette Pachhofer (later Mariette Lydis)," 1921, gelatin silver print, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Robert B. Menschel and the Vital Projects Fund and the R. K. Mellon Family Foundation.

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FORTHCOMING AND NEW: PHOTOGRAPHY

Ciro Frank Schiappa: New York Serenade

CIRO FRANK SCHIAPPA: NEW YORK SERENADE

Text by Michele Primi.

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ISBN: 9788857232508
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Pub Date: 2/21/2017
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Italian Portraits

ITALIAN PORTRAITS

By Donatella Sartorio.

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ISBN: 9788857215990
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Pub Date: 10/2/2012
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Contemporary Photography from Eastern Europe

CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY FROM EASTERN EUROPE

By Filippo Maggia.

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ISBN: 9788857204420
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Pub Date: 10/5/2010
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Contemporary Photography from the Far East

CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE FAR EAST

By Filippo Maggia.

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ISBN: 9788857200675
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Pub Date: 9/15/2009
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Regeneration3

REGENERATION3

By Anne Lacoste.

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ISBN: 9788857228242
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Pub Date: 3/29/2016
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Contemporary Photography from North-Western Europe

CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY FROM NORTH-WESTERN EUROPE

By Filippo Maggia.

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ISBN: 9788857229881
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Pub Date: 3/29/2016
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Contemporary Photography from India and South America

CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY FROM INDIA AND SOUTH AMERICA

By Filippo Maggia, Claudia Fini.

SKIRA

ISBN: 9788857212494
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Pub Date: 9/25/2012
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LC Foto

LC FOTO

By Tim Benton.

LARS MüLLER PUBLISHERS

ISBN: 9783037783443
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Pub Date: 8/15/2013
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Swiss Photobooks from 1927 to the Present

SWISS PHOTOBOOKS FROM 1927 TO THE PRESENT

Edited by Peter Pfrunder.

LARS MüLLER PUBLISHERS

ISBN: 9783037782743
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Pub Date: 12/5/2011
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Inside CERN

INSIDE CERN

By Andri Pol.

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ISBN: 9783037782750
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Pub Date: 2/27/2014
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From Somewhere to Nowhere

FROM SOMEWHERE TO NOWHERE

By Andreas Seibert.

LARS MüLLER PUBLISHERS

ISBN: 9783037781463
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Pub Date: 9/17/2008
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Unfamiliar Familiarities

UNFAMILIAR FAMILIARITIES

Edited by Peter Pfrunder.

LARS MüLLER PUBLISHERS

ISBN: 9783037785102
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Pub Date: 3/25/2017
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