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‘Who Is Afraid Of Women Photographers?’ Exhibit Celebrates History Of Female Photography

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Who is afraid of women photographers? That’s not an intro to a speech about a shadowy cabal of male photographers, it’s a name of a new exhibition in France. “Who is afraid of Women Photographers? 1839-1945,” splits the history of lady photographers in two. The first part covers the years 1839-1919 and is presented in the Musee de l’Orangerie. The second, situated in the Musee d’Orsay, covers 1918-1945.

The photography exhibits attack the subject from multiple angles. For example, how did the photography pioneers use their female gender as leverage, to photograph subjects not photographed before? How did it all change after World War I? How did the photographers turn the camera on themselves, exploring their identities and femininity? See it for yourself, as the expo runs from 14th of October to 24th of January, 2016.

More info: musee-orsay.fr | musee-orangerie.fr (h/t: featureshoot)

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Margaret Bourke-White (1904-1971), Self-portrait with camera

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Dorothea Lange (1895-1965), Human Erosion in California (Migrant mother)

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Madame Yevonde (1893-1975), Portrait de Joan Maude, 1932

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Wanda Wulz (1903-1984), Me + Cat, 1932

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Lady Frances Jocelyn (1820-1880), Intérieur, 1865

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Gertrude Käsebier (1852-1934), The Red Man, 1900

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Christina Broom (1862-1939), Jeunes suffragettes faisant la promotion de l’exposition de la Women’s Exhibition de Knightsbridge, Londres, May 1909

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Barbara Morgan (1900-1992), “We are three women – we are three million women” 1938

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Helen Levitt (1918-2009), New York, c. 1940

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Frances Benjamin Johnston (1864-1952), Stairway of the Treasurer’s Residence: Students at Work (The Hampton Institute), 1899-1900

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Ruth Bernhard (1905-2006), Doll, 1938

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Frances Benjamin Johnston (1864-1952), Autoportrait en travestie vélocipédiste, 1890-1900, 1899

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Jessie Tarbox Beals (1870-1942), Le Président des Etats-Unis Theodore Roosevelt, Edith Roosevelt et David Rowland à l’Exposition universelles de Saint-Louis, Missouri, 1904

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Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879), Mrs Herbert Duckworth, 12 April 1867

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Frances Benjamin Johnston (1864-1952), Marins dansant la valse à bord de l’USS Olympia, 1899

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Gertrude Käsebier (1852-1934), Gertrude Käsebier O’Malley jouant au billard avec William M. Turner, c. 1909

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Frances Benjamin Johnston (1864-1952), Self-Portrait in the studio, c. 1896

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Ella Maillart (1903-1997), Descent from the Djangart Pass to the Chinese border. Kyrgyzstan

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Regina Relang (1895-1989), Beim Rennen in Longchamp, 1936

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Julia Pirotte (1907-2000), Resistance Fighters of the Forces Françaises de l’Intérieur (FFI) near Venelles in Sainte-Victoire, 1944

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Ruth Bernhard (1905-2006), Embryo, 1934

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Elfriede Stegemeyer (1908-1988), Self Portrait, 1933

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S. Hoare, Indigène des marquises, 1880-1885

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Tina Modotti (1898-1942), Woman With Flag, 1928

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Consuelo Kanaga, Annie Mae Merriweather, 1936

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Introduction to the 1839-1919 part of the exhibit:

1918-1945 part also has its own introduction:

Martynas Klimas

Writes like a mad dervish, rolls to dodge responsibility, might have bitten the Moon once.

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female photographers, feminism, feminist history, history of photography, photography, Qui a Peur des Femmes Photographes?, Who’s Afraid of Female Photographers?, women
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