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March 6 - July 7, 2024
Greenwich Historical Society presents LIFE: Six Women Photographers featuring work by pioneering female photographers whose iconic images for LIFE magazine captured a quickly-evolving world and helped create modern photojournalism. The pioneering photographers in this exhibition were among the few women retained as full-time staff by the magazine, their cameras capturing events both international and domestic, wide-ranging and intimate, serious and playful. The exhibition features more than 70 images by Margaret Bourke-White, Marie Hansen, Martha Holmes, Lisa Larsen, Nina Leen, and Hansel Mieth, who were employed by LIFE between the late 1930s and the early 1970s. LIFE founder and editor-in-chief, Henry R. Luce, 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.” By giving readers vivid images of industrial strength, women and the family, race relations, World War II, labor, and the Cold War, the photographers in this exhibition contributed to this view of the United States as a global player seeking its identity on the world stage.
LIFE: Six Women Photographers has been organized by the New-York Historical Society.