A Glorious Century of Women Photographers: 1920s to Now

Following up on “The New Woman Behind the Camera,” a groundbreaking exhibition organized by the National Gallery of Art in association with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, this course celebrates the many ways women helped shape modern photography from the 1920’s to the present day. We will explore how women emerged as a driving force in modern photography, bringing their own perspectives to photojournalism, studio portraiture, fashion and advertising work, scenes of urban life, ethnography, and artistic experimentation; and how women photographers continue to be creative forces in our contemporary culture, pushing the boundaries of the medium into fine art territory. Against the odds, these women transformed the extraordinary social and political transformations of the last 100 years into powerful visual testimony. Photographers include Berenice Abbott, Lola Álvarez Bravo, Dorothea Lange, Lee Miller, Claude Cahun, Dora Maar, Diane Arbus, Tsuneko Sasamoto, Sally Mann, Catherine Opie, Carrie Mae Weems, Annie Leibovitz, Nan Goldin, Cindy Sherman, and Deana Lawson.
Questions? Contact us at The Center for Applied Liberal Arts (CALA). Email sps.cala@nyu.edu or call 212-998-7289.


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You'll Walk Away with

  • Familiarity with notable modern and contemporary photographers
  • An understanding of different types of photographic genres
  • A behind-the-scenes look at a highly anticipated exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Ideal for

  • Art enthusiasts
  • Prospective and practicing art professionals
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.