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Historical Society debut of: LIFE: Six Women Photographers

Westfair Business Journal | Natalie Holland | February 21, 2024

Date: March 6, 2024

Time: 12:00 am

Location: Greenwich Historical Society 47 Strickland Road Cos Cob, CT 06807


Six pioneering women whose photographs for LIFE magazine skillfully captured events on a quickly evolving world stage will be the subject of Greenwich Historical Society’s new exhibition to debut March 6. These photographers enabled the public “to see life; to see the world; to eyewitness great events,” as described by LIFE magazine founder and editor-in-chief Henry Luce.

LIFE: Six Women Photographers features iconic images from these talented women who helped create modern photojournalism through their work as featured in the pages of LIFE magazine. On view through July 7, 2024, the exhibition presents more than 70 photographs by Margaret Bourke-White (1904-1971), Marie Hansen (1918-1969), Martha Holmes (1923-2006), Lisa Larsen (ca. 1925-1959), Nina Leen (ca. 1909-1995) and Hansel Mieth (1909-1998).

LIFE founder and Editor-in-chief Henry R. Luce (1898-1967), a long-time Greenwich resident, was convinced that American political, economic, and cultural power would, and should, dominate the era he defined as the “American Century.” Photojournalism, or “photo essays” as he coined them, could effectively shape an authentically American vision of the United States an international power, inspiring its people, in Luce’s words, “to live and work and fight with vigor and enthusiasm.” For decades, Americans saw the world through the lens of the photographers at LIFE, the first magazine in the United States to tell stories with images rather than text. These innovative photo essays became the trademark of the publication.

LIFE: Six Women Photographers provides context to this unique storytelling format through published and unpublished photographs, including vintage prints, copy prints, and contact sheets. Taken together with select items from the Time Inc. records, the photographs show the editing process behind the final, published stories that helped define the United States as a world power.

LIFE: Six Women Photographers has been organized by the New-York Historical Society.

Media contacts:
Dianne Niklaus, Greenwich Historical Society
203/869-6899 ext. 20

Laura McCormick, McCormick PR