The Metropolitan Museum of Art
From the 1920s to the 1950s, women transformed the art—and industry—of photography. A new exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art shows exactly how these pioneering photographers did that.
“The New Woman Behind the Camera” documents how women behind the lens were essential in showing the public the “new woman” who appeared in life and in their work. That “new woman” was “easy to recognize but hard to define,” the museum says.
In street scenes, high-end fashion, and self-portraits, photographers like Margaret Bourke-White, Lola Álvarez Bravo, Louise Dahl-Wolf, Helen Levitt, and Lee Miller observed and shaped these trends. Their work captured the typical bobbed hair and Vogue-inspired style of a “new woman” of this era, at the same time providing a visual testimony of the social and political transformations of the period.
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