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A Female Gaze

January 18 – April 16, 2022

Esther Bubley  Coast to Coast, SONJ, 1947  Gelatin silver print; printed c.1947  6 1/2 x 10 inches

Esther Bubley

Coast to Coast, SONJ, 1947

Gelatin silver print; printed c.1947

6 1/2 x 10 inches

Berenice Abbott  Ferry: West Street, Foot of Liberty Street, Manhattan, August 12, 1936  Gelatin silver print; printed c.1936  10 x 8 inches

Berenice Abbott

Ferry: West Street, Foot of Liberty Street, Manhattan, August 12, 1936

Gelatin silver print; printed c.1936

10 x 8 inches

Berenice Abbott  504-506 Broome Street, 1935 Gelatin silver print; printed c.1935 8 x 10 inches

Berenice Abbott

504-506 Broome Street, 1935
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1935
8 x 10 inches

Berenice Abbott  Broadway to the Battery, May 4, 1938  Gelatin silver print; printed c.1938  9 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches

Berenice Abbott

Broadway to the Battery, May 4, 1938

Gelatin silver print; printed c.1938

9 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches 

Barbara Morgan  City Street, 1937  Gelatin silver print; printed c.1980  16 5/8 x 12 1/2 inches

Barbara Morgan

City Street, 1937

Gelatin silver print; printed c.1980

16 5/8 x 12 1/2 inches

Barbara Morgan  Use Litter Basket, 1943  Gelatin silver print; printed c.1980  13 1/4 x 16 inches

Barbara Morgan

Use Litter Basket, 1943

Gelatin silver print; printed c.1980

13 1/4 x 16 inches

Lisette Model  Reflections, Rockefeller Center, New York, c.1945  Gelatin silver print; printed 1960s  15 5/8 x 19 1/2 inches

Lisette Model

Reflections, Rockefeller Center, New York, c.1945

Gelatin silver print; printed 1960s

15 5/8 x 19 1/2 inches

Barbara Morgan  Spring on Madison Square, 1938  Gelatin silver print; printed c.1950  14 x 17 inches

Barbara Morgan

Spring on Madison Square, 1938

Gelatin silver print; printed c.1950

14 x 17 inches

Rebecca Lepkoff  Midtown Manhattan, 1947  Gelatin silver print; printed c.1947  4 5/8 x 9 1/2 inches

Rebecca Lepkoff

Midtown Manhattan, 1947

Gelatin silver print; printed c.1947

4 5/8 x 9 1/2 inches

Rebecca Lepkoff  Early Morning Rush, Midtown Manhattan, 1940s  Gelatin silver print; printed c.1950  8 1/2 x 7 inches

Rebecca Lepkoff

Early Morning Rush, Midtown Manhattan, 1940s

Gelatin silver print; printed c.1950

8 1/2 x 7 inches

Lisette Model  Window Reflection, New York, 1939-45  Gelatin silver print; printed c.1939-45  12 3/4 x 10 3/4 inches

Lisette Model

Window Reflection, New York, 1939-45

Gelatin silver print; printed c.1939-45

12 3/4 x 10 3/4 inches

Frances McLaughlin-Gill  Ann St. Marie, NYC, Vogue, 1961  Gelatin silver print; printed c.1961  13 3/8 x 13 1/8 inches

Frances McLaughlin-Gill

Ann St. Marie, NYC, Vogue, 1961

Gelatin silver print; printed c.1961

13 3/8 x 13 1/8 inches

Frances McLaughlin-Gill  Model Walking Two Jack Russel Terriers, NYC, 1953  Gelatin silver print; printed c.1953  16 1/4 x 10 3/4 inches

Frances McLaughlin-Gill

Model Walking Two Jack Russel Terriers, NYC, 1953

Gelatin silver print; printed c.1953

16 1/4 x 10 3/4 inches

Helen Levitt  N.Y., c.1942  Gelatin silver print  9 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches

Helen Levitt

N.Y., c.1942

Gelatin silver print

9 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches

Helen Levitt  NYC, c.1942  Gelatin silver print; printed 1960s  7 x 10 inches

Helen Levitt

NYC, c.1942

Gelatin silver print; printed 1960s

7 x 10 inches

Helen Levitt  N.Y., c.1942  Gelatin silver print; printed c.1942  6 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches

Helen Levitt

N.Y., c.1942

Gelatin silver print; printed c.1942

6 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches

Diane Arbus  Teenage couple in Hudson Street, N.Y.C.  Gelatin silver print; printed 1963  14 3/4 x 14 3/4 inches  From an edition of 75

Diane Arbus

Teenage couple in Hudson Street, N.Y.C.

Gelatin silver print; printed 1963

14 3/4 x 14 3/4 inches

From an edition of 75

Diane Arbus  Young couple on a bench in Washington Square Park, N.Y.C., c.1965  Gelatin silver print; printed 1965  14 3/8 x 14 3/8 inches  From an edition of 75

Diane Arbus

Young couple on a bench in Washington Square Park, N.Y.C., c.1965

Gelatin silver print; printed 1965

14 3/8 x 14 3/8 inches

From an edition of 75

Diane Arbus  Woman with a locket in Washington Square Park, ,N.Y.C.  Gelatin silver print; printed 1965  15 x 14 1/2 inches  From an edition of 75

Diane Arbus

Woman with a locket in Washington Square Park, ,N.Y.C.

Gelatin silver print; printed 1965

15 x 14 1/2 inches

From an edition of 75

Berenice Abbott  Night View, New York, 1932  Gelatin silver print; printed later   35 1/2 x 28 3/8 inches

Berenice Abbott

Night View, New York, 1932

Gelatin silver print; printed later 

35 1/2 x 28 3/8 inches

Ruth Orkin  Main in Rain, New York City, 1952  Gelatin silver print; printed later  12 3/4 x 8 1/2 inches

Ruth Orkin

Main in Rain, New York City, 1952

Gelatin silver print; printed later

12 3/4 x 8 1/2 inches

Ruth Orkin  Untitled, n.d.  Gelatin silver print  6 5/8 x 9 3/8 inches

Ruth Orkin

Untitled, n.d.

Gelatin silver print

6 5/8 x 9 3/8 inches

Ruth Orkin  Jumprope, from My Apartment Window, c.1950  Gelatin silver print; printed c.1950   6 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches

Ruth Orkin

Jumprope, from My Apartment Window, c.1950

Gelatin silver print; printed c.1950 

6 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches 

Ruth Orkin  The View From My Window at 53 W. 88, c.1952  Gelatin silver print; printed c.1952  6 7/8 x 9 1/2 inches

Ruth Orkin

The View From My Window at 53 W. 88, c.1952

Gelatin silver print; printed c.1952

6 7/8 x 9 1/2 inches

Ruth Orkin  Untitled, n.d.  Gelatin silver print  6 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches

Ruth Orkin

Untitled, n.d.

Gelatin silver print

6 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches

Vivian Maier  Self-portrait, n.d.  Gelatin silver print; printed later  20 x 16 inches  From an edition of 15

Vivian Maier

Self-portrait, n.d.

Gelatin silver print; printed later

20 x 16 inches

From an edition of 15

Vivian Maier  Chicago, 1961  Gelatin silver print; printed later  20 x 16 inches  From an edition of 15

Vivian Maier

Chicago, 1961

Gelatin silver print; printed later

20 x 16 inches

From an edition of 15

Vivian Maier  Untitled, 1970  Gelatin silver print; printed later  20 x 16 inches  From an edition of 15

Vivian Maier

Untitled, 1970

Gelatin silver print; printed later

20 x 16 inches

From an edition of 15

Mary Ellen Mark  Liliie and her rag doll on Pike Street, 1983  Gelatin silver print; printed later  8 7/8 x 13 inches

Mary Ellen Mark

Liliie and her rag doll on Pike Street, 1983

Gelatin silver print; printed later

8 7/8 x 13 inches

Mary Ellen Mark  "Rat" and Mike with a Gun, Seattle, Washington, 1983  Gelatin silver print; printed later  16 x 20 inches  From an edition of 75

Mary Ellen Mark

"Rat" and Mike with a Gun, Seattle, Washington, 1983

Gelatin silver print; printed later

16 x 20 inches

From an edition of 75

Mary Ellen Mark  White Junior and Justin, 1983  Gelatin silver print; printed later  8 3/4 x 13 inches

Mary Ellen Mark

White Junior and Justin, 1983

Gelatin silver print; printed later

8 3/4 x 13 inches

Mary Ellen Mark  Tiny on Pike Street, 1983  Gelatin silver print; printed later  8 3/4 x 13 inches

Mary Ellen Mark

Tiny on Pike Street, 1983

Gelatin silver print; printed later

8 3/4 x 13 inches

Jodi Bieber  Come hang out with us, Westbury, 1996  Archival pigment print  12 7/8 x 19 3/8 inches  From an edition of 12

Jodi Bieber

Come hang out with us, Westbury, 1996

Archival pigment print

12 7/8 x 19 3/8 inches

From an edition of 12

Jodi Bieber  Father and son trapeze act, Market Theatre Precinct, Newtown, c.2012  Archival pigment print  12 7/8 x 19 3/8 inches  From an edition of 12

Jodi Bieber

Father and son trapeze act, Market Theatre Precinct, Newtown, c.2012

Archival pigment print

12 7/8 x 19 3/8 inches

From an edition of 12

Jodi Bieber  Alexandra Township, Johannesburg, 1993  Archival pigment print  12 7/8 x 19 3/8 inches  From an edition of 8

Jodi Bieber

Alexandra Township, Johannesburg, 1993

Archival pigment print

12 7/8 x 19 3/8 inches

From an edition of 8

Berenice Abbott  Fifth Avenue Houses, Nos. 4, 6, 8, 1936  Gelatin silver print; printed later   28 7/8 x 36 5/8 inches

Berenice Abbott

Fifth Avenue Houses, Nos. 4, 6, 8, 1936

Gelatin silver print; printed later 

28 7/8 x 36 5/8 inches

Esther Bubley  NYC, Johnny Ray Fans, Midtown, 1952  Gelatin silver print; printed 1960s  13 x 10 1/8 inches

Esther Bubley

NYC, Johnny Ray Fans, Midtown, 1952

Gelatin silver print; printed 1960s

13 x 10 1/8 inches

Rebecca Lepkoff  B'way Theaters, N.Y.C., 1947  Gelatin silver print; printed 1998  13 1/4 x 10 3/4 inches

Rebecca Lepkoff

B'way Theaters, N.Y.C., 1947

Gelatin silver print; printed 1998

13 1/4 x 10 3/4 inches

Mary Ellen Mark  Tiny, Seattle, 1983  Gelatin silver print; printed later  20 x 16 inches  From an edition of 75

Mary Ellen Mark

Tiny, Seattle, 1983

Gelatin silver print; printed later

20 x 16 inches

From an edition of 75

Lisette Model  Woman with Veil, San Francisco, 1947  Gelatin silver print  19 5/8 x 15 7/8 inches

Lisette Model

Woman with Veil, San Francisco, 1947

Gelatin silver print

19 5/8 x 15 7/8 inches

Berenice Abbott  Exchange Place, 1934  Gelatin silver print; printed later  19 x 5 1/4 inches

Berenice Abbott

Exchange Place, 1934

Gelatin silver print; printed later

19 x 5 1/4 inches

Ruth Orkin  Street Embrace, New York City, 1948-50  Gelatin silver print; printed c.1948-50  9 3/8 x 6 1/4 inches

Ruth Orkin

Street Embrace, New York City, 1948-50

Gelatin silver print; printed c.1948-50

9 3/8 x 6 1/4 inches

Ruth Orkin  American Girl in Italy, 1951  Gelatin silver print; printed 1970s  3 1/4 x 4 inches

Ruth Orkin

American Girl in Italy, 1951

Gelatin silver print; printed 1970s

3 1/4 x 4 inches

Press Release

NEW YORK CITY—Street photography—the thoroughly unpredictable and often magical framing of a moment—was embraced early in the 20th century by women photographers. A new exhibition at Howard Greenberg Gallery will survey more than seven decades of work by 12 women photographers. A Female Gaze will be on view from January 19 through April 15, 2022 in the gallery’s new space on the 8th floor of the Fuller Building at 41 East 57th Street.

 

Firmly established in the canon of street photography, the artists in the exhibition—including Berenice Abbott, Diane Arbus, Jodi Bieber, Esther Bubley, Rebecca Lepkoff, Helen Levitt, Vivian Maier, Mary Ellen Mark, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, Lisette Model, Barbara Morgan, and Ruth Orkin—are known for remarkable and iconic images.

 

The forty-nine photographs in A Female Gaze span the 20th century:  from the 1930s with Abbott’s documentation of New York City to images from Jodi Bieber’s ten-year project (1994 to 2004) focused on youth living on the fringes of South African society. These women not only transcribed history by taking ownership of their environments, but added their own voices to the narrative of photographic history.

 

The democratic nature of street photography reserved a creative space for female artists to a greater extent than other artistic fields. The Photo League, the New York cooperative active from 1936 to 1951, famously included a significant number of female members such as Berenice Abbott, Rebecca Lepkoff, Lisette Model, Ruth Orkin, and Barbara Morgan. These women not only held leadership positions but were encouraged equally alongside their male counterparts.

 

Regardless of the subject matter or the awards gained or the techniques implemented, this collective of female street photographers, as Mary Ellen Mark once remarked referring to the nature of her own work, “photograph the world as it is, because nothing is more interesting than reality.” These fleeting occurrences, which may have otherwise passed by unacknowledged, are perpetually suspended in time, generating the opportunity for viewers to consider the transitory phenomena of life.