Unknown Tsuneko Sasamoto, Tokyo, 1940. Inkjet print, 2020, 18.2 cm x 18.2 cm (7 3/16 in. x 7 3/16 in.). Tsuneko Sasamoto / Japan Professional Photographers Society / The Met

Welcome to Women’s History Month, it’s that time of year where we look back on all the courageous women who have sacrificed and stood up for their rights and for the progress of women’s rights as a whole. Today March 8th, marks International Women’s Day as recognition of the global fight for gender equality, pay equity, and the liberation of women. 

Besides indulging in women’s history documentaries, watching Zoom panels and donating to Planned Parenthood, this is the time to dig in and find your next favorite women artists. What better way to celebrate feminism than with the female gaze in photography? There are two whopper retrospectives to look forward to, one at the High Museum in Atlanta

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Dogwood blossoms and Half Dome.
Photo by Kirk Keeler

 

Nevada City resident Kirk Keeler has been selected for a solo exhibit of his Yosemite photography by Viewpoint Photographic Art Center, located in the heart of midtown Sacramento.

Because Viewpoint is the only dedicated photographic center in the region offering a large gallery space, competition for a solo exhibit is incredibly challenging. Executive Director Roberta McClellan explains, “Keeler’s work was selected by the curatorial committee for its outstanding compositions, offering a unique ’insider’s view’ of the famed national park where he lived for a decade.”

In Yosemite, Keeler worked at the historic Ansel Adams Gallery as the photography workshop coordinator, which afforded him four-season, full-time access to the stunning national park. An uncanny sense of composition and light helped create an amazing body of work.



“I feel the exhibit is very timely,” said Keeler. “The photos represent beauty and hope in

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Psychotherapist Helen Kornblum has collected works by women photographers for decades. Now, she’s donated 100 of these images to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City.

As Cassie Packard reports for Hyperallergic, the 76 artists featured in the collection include early Modernists, photojournalists and experimental artists active today. Kornblum made the donation in honor of Roxana Marcoci, MoMA’s senior curator of photography; in a statement, the collector praises Marcoci’s “brilliant writings and exhibitions often about women artists.”

Marcoci, for her part, says in the statement that “[t]he collection raises a whole set of questions.”

She adds, “How do we go about unsettling established art historical narratives? Unfixing the canon? Researching counter-histories? This gift offers the perfect platform to examine women photographers’ self-agency within a diversity of artistic strategies and activate new readings about their contributions to contemporary culture.”






Susan Meiselas, A Funeral Procession in
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