#women photographer Vol. I

6. December 2018
10. February 2019

#womenphotographer Vol. I with works by Berenice Abbott, Diane Arbus, Elinor Carucci, Nan Goldin, Germaine Krull, Dorothea Lange, Vivian Maier, Inge Morath, Ruth Orkin, Dayanita Singh and others.

Women conquered the new medium of photography in the 19th century. As pioneers, they contributed essentially to its development and the emergence of new photographic ways of seeing. Unlike the traditional disciplines of the visual arts, such as sculpture and painting, photography offered more equality. It enabled women to realize their idea of a self-determined, creative life, to travel and to earn their own money.

Bertha Wehnert Beckmann is considered the first professional photographer. From 1843 she made her living by using the Daguerreotype – an early photographic process. Numerous other photographers followed her example. They experimented with applied photography, with photography as an art form, as a means of documentation and self-expression. From the 1920s, photographers also excelled in photojournalism: Gerda Taro, Margaret Bourke-White and Dorothea Lange, among many others, made it to the championship in the genre.

The works of female photographers often show the living conditions of women and children, document social marginal groups, concentrate on the everyday and examine the female body relentlessly with the camera. Did they choose these topics apart from world politics, since they have always been attributed to them by society? Or rather, because they can gain an intimate access to their subjects, which is usually denied to their male colleagues? Or does it finally exist, the female gaze?

The exhibition #womenphotographer Vol. I does not claim to give a representative overview of the photography of women. It wants to provide insights into the diverse work of women photographers and to initiate a deeper study of their view of the world.

Photo: © Ruth Orkin Photo Archive.