Women Who Shot The 20th Century

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Exhibition of photographs by pioneering woman photojournalists at Monroe Gallery of Photography, Santa Fe, NM.

Monroe Gallery of Photography, 112 Don Gaspar, is pleased to announce "Women Who Shot The 20th Century", an extensive survey of more than 50 photographs which examines the unique contribution of important women photographers of the 20th Century. The exhibition opens with a public reception on Friday, April 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. "Women Who Shot The 20th Century" will continue through June 30.

The study of women in the history of photography has lagged far behind that of male photographers. Even today, most of the published research has concentrated on a few select women active in the 20th Century, such as Margaret Bourke-White and Dorothea Lange. The women featured in this exhibition frequently took on multiple roles during the course of their photographic careers, often employed first as mail room "boys"; or printers, print-finishers or retouchers, then as camera operators before finally becoming acknowledged as photographers in their own right. In the early to mid 20th Century, there were few women photographers working commercially, although many women were involved as amateur photographers. Dabbling in the fine arts (landscape painting, for instance) was generally respectable among ladies of leisure, but much less so as an occupation. Any woman working for money in photography was considered both daring and remarkable.

Shooting what they knew best, these photographers focused their work around their respective environments. Eve Arnold, Margaret Bourke-White, Esther Bubley, and Hansel Mieth traveled internationally on assignments; others such as Vivian Cherry and Ida Wyman concentrated on daily life in America as "street photographers". Sources of commission ranged from newspapers and magazines, the government, and corporate and commercial backers.

Photographers in the exhibition include: Berenice Abbott, Eve Arnold, Margaret Bourke-White, Esther Bubley, Vivian Cherry, Martha Holmes, Dorothea Lange, Lisa Larsen, Nina Leen, Hansel Mieth, Ruth Orkin, Ida Wyman and others. Images in the exhibition include the major events of the 20th Century, such as the Depression, displaced farm families, migrant workers and World War II. Also featured are photographs of the glamor of movie stars, the wonders of nature, the coronation of kings, politicians, and presidents, significant artists of the time and everyday human interest stories. The significance and impact of these photographers can not be underestimated. Their work and lives pioneered, and came to define, the medium of photojournalism, and their photographs recorded history and informed us all for most of the 20th Century

Monroe Gallery of Photography was founded by Sidney S. Monroe and Michelle A. Monroe. Building on more than four decades of collective experience, the gallery specializes in classic black & white photography with an emphasis on humanist and photojournalist imagery. The gallery also represents a select group of contemporary and emerging photographers.

Gallery hours are 10 to 6 Monday through Saturday, 11 to 5 Sunday. Admission is free. For further information, please call: 505.992.0800 or email [email protected] Press images and interviews with select photographers are available upon request.


For Immediate Release
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Contact: Sidney S. Monroe/Michelle A. Monroe
505.992.0800/E-mail: info @ monroegallery.com


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