Women in Photography
Liliane De Cock
Ringl + Pit: Ellen Auerbach and Grete Stern
Dody Weston Thompson
Scheinbaum & Russek Ltd is pleased to present an online photography exhibition celebrating Women Photographers.
We are sure it wouldn’t surprise you to know that women’s contributions to the development of photography as an art form was critical to its acceptance within the broader art world. I’m sure it also wouldn’t surprise you that many of our earliest female pioneers in the field remain unknown to many and obscure at best. If you were to look at the Wikipedia site, “Timeline of Women in Photography,” you would see numerous 19th and early 20th Century artists that will be unfamiliar to you, yet as deserving as their well-known male counterparts. Artists such as Sarah Anne Bright, Franziska Möllinger, Genevieve Elisabeth Disdéri and Lady Clementina Hawarden. There are a number of publications that concentrate on women in photography, but so much more research and curatorial endeavors need to focus on these early artists.
Women artists being sidelined in the arts is nothing new. Possibly, it’s time to use Judy Chicago’s Dinner Party, which celebrates so many marginalized woman artists, as a model for a Photographic Dinner Party of sorts.
However, in the later 20th and 21st Centuries we are familiar with many of the great photographers that have added their voice to our medium. I can’t imagine a curator or author today who is not concerned with helping to remedy bringing artists out of obscurity into the public eye.
Happily, many of the women photographers we include in our exhibition will be familiar to you, and we are honored to present their works and celebrate their respected place within the history of photography. Artists included in the exhibit are: Berenice Abbott, Diane Arbus, Imogen Cunningham, Judy Dater, Laura Gilpin, Sally Mann, Barbara Morgan, Nancy Newhall, Sonia Noskowiak, Doris Ullman, and others.
Please enjoy this online exhibition, and please look into some of the many female photographers whose shoulders we all stand on in some of the many books published online or in your local museum/library.