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The New Woman Behind the Camera

Past Exhibition

October 31, 2021 – January 30, 2022
West Building, Ground Floor, West Outer Tier

The iconic New Woman—modern, independent, stylish, creative, and confident—was a revolutionary model for women across the globe. Featuring more than 120 international photographers, The New Woman Behind the Camera explores the diverse “new women” who embraced photography as a mode of professional and personal expression from the 1920s to the 1950s. This groundbreaking exhibition will reveal the significant impact women have had on the history of modern photography.

Selected Works

The exhibition is organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, in association with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

The exhibition is curated by Andrea Nelson, associate curator in the department of photographs at the National Gallery of Art.

Other venues
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, July 2–October 3, 2021

The Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation has provided major support for this exhibition. The Trellis Fund also kindly provided a leadership gift.

Additional funding is provided by The Exhibition Circle of the National Gallery of Art and the Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation.

Admission is always free and passes are not required.

Banner detail: Lola Álvarez Bravo (Mexican, 1903–1993), In Her Own Prison, c. 1950, gelatin silver print, Daniel Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser, © Center for Creative Photography, The University of Arizona Foundation