While in NYC, we visited the Museum of Modern Art, & in particular, the exhibition
This impressive collection includes 200 works by 120 artists. It offers an overview of photography's history, from its earliest inception to present day, through the lens of female photographers.
Except for, what seemed to me, to be some glaring omissions, the show does a superb job of portraying the evolution,
of this relatively modern art form.
Simply but elegantly hung, the exhibit begins with early works dating from 1850, featuring soft focused portraits by
Julia Margaret Cameron & other female pioneers of the medium.
With so many artists represented it would be impossible to name them all here, but I will highlight just a few of my favorites.
It is certainly hard not to stand in awe, when in front of the iconic photographs of Dorothea Lange, each of her images as beautiful, as they are telling.
I would have liked to have seen just a few more photos by the Mexican artists, Tina Modotti, whose work I have always admired.
On the other hand, I was not familiar with the work of
Helen Levitt, whose gritty New York street scenes, I immediately fell in love with.
Nan Goldin is another favorite, who has a Massachusetts connection, having grown up in Lexington & attended the Boston Museum School.
The exhibit remains up only until April 18, so if you are in the NY area & have not already seen it, I highly recommend a trip to MoMA to check it out ASAP.