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Intelligence Women Seeing Women

Staley-Wise Gallery presents an exhibition celebrating prominent women photographers from the fields of documentary and fashion photography.

51 photographs by women, of women, are on view at Staley-Wise Gallery in New York’s SoHo neighborhood. Spanning nearly a century, the photos range in date from 1928-2017 and capture women both staged and candid, styled and undone. Familiar faces like Marilyn Monroe, Penelope Cruz and Sophia Loren feel familiar, while unknown subjects manage to portray an iconic nature.

Perhaps most conspicuous is an Ellen von Unwerth photo of Rihanna taken in 2009 in Berlin. It feels the most commercial of all the photographs, and was purportedly the most controversial addition to the show.

The balance of realness and fiction felt in the show can be summed up in quote from Belgian documentary and portrait photographer Martina Franck, displayed along the way beside her work Donegal, Tory Island, Ireland (1995):

“A photograph isn’t necessarily a lie, but nor is it the truth. What I most like about photography is that you can’t anticipate: you have to be constantly watching for it, ready to welcome the unexpected.”

The exhibition is open until 31st August. You can read more about it here.

Throughout the summer, we will continue to feature photographs from our WOMEN SEEING WOMEN exhibition and the unique stories of the women behind and in front of the camera. _______ Eve Arnold was born in Pennsylvania and began to study photography with Alexei Brodovitch in 1948. In addition to the photojournalism that she pursued around the world after joining Magnum Photos in 1951 (the first woman to do so), Arnold photographed many iconic personalities of the 20th century, including Marilyn Monroe. Arnold photographed Monroe for more than 10 years, which culminated in the very intimate photographs of Monroe on the Nevada desert set of the 1961 film “The Misfits” shown in this exhibition. Marilyn died less than a year after they were taken. Arnold’s career continued until the 1990s, and she was appointed an Honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2003. Arnold died in London in 2012. _______ Marilyn Monroe in the Nevada desert during the filming of "The Misfits", 1960 _______ Marilyn Monroe on location during the filming of "The Misfits", Reno, Nevada, 1960 _______ Marilyn Monroe, Los Angeles, California, 1960 _______ #StaleyWiseGallery #StaleyWiseandMagnumPhotos #EveArnold #MarilynMonroe #TheMisfits #WOMENSEEINGWOMEN #MagnumPhotos70 #Photography

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Throughout the summer, we will continue to feature photographs from our WOMEN SEEING WOMEN exhibition and the unique stories of the women behind and in front of the camera. _______ Genevieve Naylor was born in Massachusetts. After apprenticing for photographer Berenice Abbott, Naylor was sought after by the Works Progress Administration and the Associated Press and became one of the first female photojournalists to be hired by American news organizations in the 1930s. Her extensive series of photographs taken in Brazil was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Naylor accompanied her photojournalism with fashion assignments from Harper’s Bazaar throughout the 1950s and 1960s, and she also served as Eleanor Roosevelt’s personal photographer during and after the Roosevelt administration. Naylor died in 1989. _______ Model in Alexander Calder's Studio, 1948 _______ Eleanor Roosevelt, Hyde Park, New York, 1956 _______ Model in checked skirt, circa 1945 _______ Red Scotch Cape, New York, Harper's Bazaar, 1950 _______ #StaleyWiseGallery #StaleyWiseandMagnumPhotos #GenevieveNaylor #AlexanderCalder #EleanorRoosevelt #HydePark #HarpersBazzar #WOMENSEEINGWOMEN #MagnumPhotos70 #Photography

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