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The New Woman Behind the Camera


Metropolitan Museum of Art / New York / Art

In 1894, Frances Elizabeth Clarke—writing under the pseudonym Sarah Grand—coined the term “New Woman.” Here was the birth of a feminist ideal, one that would point the way to women’s lib and #MeToo. This exhibition recasts photography’s past from the perspective of these new women, focusing especially on modern photography from the 1920s to the 1950s. Some of the names are well-known—Dorothea Lange, Berenice Abbott—while others less so: the Mexican photographer Lola Álvarez Bravo and Tsuneko Sasamoto, one of Japan’s first professional women photojournalists, now 106 years old. —J.V.

Travels to: National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. (October 31, 2021 – January 30, 2022).

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