Monroe Gallery of Photography
Monroe Gallery of Photography


Santa Fe - Monroe Gallery of Photography, 112 Don Gaspar, is pleased to announce "Women Who Shot The 20th Century", an extensive survey of more than 50 photographs which examines the unique contribution of 12 important women photographers of the 20th Century. The exhibition opens April 6 and will continue through June 30.

An American Girl in Italy, 1951

The study of women in the history of photography has lagged far behind that of male photographers. Even today, most of the published research has concentrated on a few select women active in the 20th Century, such as Margaret Bourke-White and Dorothea Lange. The women featured in this exhibition frequently took on multiple roles during the course of their photographic careers, often employed first as mail room "boys"; or printers, print-finishers or retouchers, then as camera operators before finally becoming acknowledged as photographers in their own right. In the early to mid 20th Century, there were few women photographers working commercially. Any woman working for money in photography was considered both daring and remarkable.

Photographers in the exhibition include: Berenice Abbott, Eve Arnold, Margaret Bourke-White, Esther Bubbly, Vivian Cherry, Martha Holmes, Dorothea Lange, Lisa Larsen, Nina Leen, Hansel Mieth, Ruth Orkin, Marion Post Wolcott, and Ida Wyman. Images in the exhibition include the major events of the 20th Century, such as the Depression, displaced farm families, migrant workers, and World War II. Also featured are photographs of the glamour of movie stars, the wonders of nature, the coronation of kings, politicians, and presidents, significant artists of the time, and everyday human interest stories. The significance and impact of these photographers can not be underestimated. Their work and lives pioneered, and came to define, the medium of photojournalism, and their photographs recorded history and informed us all for most of the 20th Century.

Gallery hours are 10 to 6 Monday through Saturday, 11 to 5 Sunday. Admission is free. For further information, please call: 505.992.0800; E-mail:

Tombstones, Arizona, c.1936

Fullerton, Louisiana, July, 1937

Camp along the roadside. Drought refugees, Imperial County,
California, March, 1937

One of the younger Cleaver boys,
Oregon, October, 1938

George Braque working in his
studio outside Paris, 1949

Shipyard workers watch launch of "Bethlehem Fairchild", Baltimore, 1942

Actor Marlon Brando with his sister
Jocelyn Hammer and others in his
apartment, New York City, 1948

"Coronation Scot" traveling between Baltimore and Washington DC, 1939

Leonard Bernstein Conducting, Lewisohn Stadium, New York, 1947

Buchenwald Prisoners,
1945 © Time Inc.

Jewish Refugees, Tel Aviv,1951

John and Jacqueline Kennedy at their wedding reception, Newport, RI, 1953

Nightview, New York City, 1932

Gold Miners, Johannesburg, 1950

Women working in defense industry,
Gary, IN, 1943

Jackson Pollock painting in his studio, Springs, New York, 1949 © Time Inc

Men of the Garment District read of President Roosevelt's Death, NYC, 1945

Coal Town Doctor,
Pinesville, West Virginia, c. 1940s

Rhesus monkey sitting in water,
Santiago Island, near Puerto Rico, 1939

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