Flor Garduño - Gatomonte, Mexico (Mountain Cat)
Flor Garduño
Gatomonte, Mexico (Mountain Cat)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1998, printed later
16 x 20 inches

Signed on verso.

Flor Garduño - Moneda, Suiza (Coin)
Flor Garduño
Moneda, Suiza (Coin)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
2001
20 x 16 inches

Signed, titled and dated on verso.

Flor Garduño - La Nopala, Mexico
Flor Garduño
La Nopala, Mexico
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1998
20 X 16 inches

Signed, titled and dated on verso.

Flor Garduño - Aparición, Mexico (Apparition)
Flor Garduño
Aparición, Mexico (Apparition)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1998
20 X 16 inches

Signed, titled and dated on verso.

Flor Garduño - Los Limones, Mexico (The Lemons)
Flor Garduño
Los Limones, Mexico (The Lemons)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1998, printed 2010
16 x 20 inches

Signed, titled and dated on verso. Printed by Garduño in 2010.

Flor Garduño - El Mundo, Mexico (The World)
Flor Garduño
El Mundo, Mexico (The World)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1998
20 x 16 inches

Signed, titled and dated on verso.

Flor Garduño - Abrazo de Luz, Mexico
Flor Garduño
Abrazo de Luz, Mexico
Silver Gelatin Photograph
2000, Printed 2013
20 x 16 inches

Signed, titled and dated on verso. Printed by Garduño in 2007.

Flor Garduño - La de las Margaritas, Mexico (The One of the Daisies)
Flor Garduño
La de las Margaritas, Mexico (The One of the Daisies)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1999
20 x 16 inches

Signed, titled and dated on verso.

Flor Garduño - Edén, Suiza (Eden)
Flor Garduño
Edén, Suiza (Eden)
Archival Pigment Photograph
2001, printed later
20 x 16 inches

Signed, titled and dated on verso.

Joyce Tenneson - Woman & Wing
Joyce Tenneson
Woman & Wing
Unique 24 x 20 Polaroid Photograph
c. 1990s
30 x 22 inches

Signed on recto

Joyce Tenneson - Woman & Frame
Joyce Tenneson
Woman & Frame
Unique 24 x 20 Polaroid Photograph
c. 1990s
29 5/8 x 22 inches

Signed on recto

Joyce Tenneson - Woman & Phoenix
Joyce Tenneson
Woman & Phoenix
Unique 24 x 20 Polaroid Photograph
c. 1990s
29 1/8 x 22 inches

Signed on recto

Joyce Tenneson - Sonia and Suzanne
Joyce Tenneson
Sonia and Suzanne
Archival Pigment Photograph Face-mounted to Plexiglass
1989, Printed 2015
48 x 38 inches

Signed, dated, and artist proof on verso.

Joyce Tenneson - Suzanne & Mirror
Joyce Tenneson
Suzanne & Mirror
Unique 24 x 20 Polaroid Photograph
c. 1990s
30 x 22 inches

Signed and titled on recto. Signed on verso.

Joyce Tenneson - Apple Tree
Joyce Tenneson
Apple Tree
Archival Pigment Print Face Mounted to Plexiglass
2011, printed 2015
36 x 47 1/2 inches

Signed, titled, dated and editioned A/P on label affixed on verso.

Joyce Tenneson - Blooming Tree
Joyce Tenneson
Blooming Tree
Archival Pigment Print Face Mounted to Plexiglass
2011, printed 2015
48 x 48 inches

Signed, titled, dated and editioned on label affixed on verso.

Joyce Tenneson - Two Trees
Joyce Tenneson
Two Trees
Infused Dyes Sublimated on Aluminium
2011, printed 2015
44 x 35 inches

Signed, titled, dated and editioned 1/10 on label affixed on verso.

Joyce Tenneson - Birch Trees
Joyce Tenneson
Birch Trees
Infused Dyes Sublimated on Aluminium
2011, printed 2015
42 x 37 inches

Signed, titled, dated and editioned 1/10 on label affixed on verso.

Joyce Tenneson - Luminous Being
Joyce Tenneson
Luminous Being
Infused Dyes Sublimated on Aluminium
c. 1990s, Printed 2015
44 x 38 1/2 inches

Signed, dated, and edition on artist's label on verso. (edition of 10)

Barbara Luisi - Mat 2
Barbara Luisi
Mat 2
Platinum Photograph on Revere Paper
2012
24 x 17 inches

Signed, titled, dated and editioned #1/5 on recto.

Barbara Luisi - Mat 3
Barbara Luisi
Mat 3
Platinum Photograph on Revere Paper
2013
17 x 24 inches

Signed, titled, dated and editioned #1/5 on recto.

Barbara Luisi - Amanda and Mat 5
Barbara Luisi
Amanda and Mat 5
Platinum Photograph on Revere Paper
2013
24 x 17 inches

Signed, titled, dated and editioned #1/5 on recto.

Barbara Luisi - Amanda 1
Barbara Luisi
Amanda 1
Platinum Photograph on Revere Paper
2012
24 x 17 inches

Signed, titled, dated and editioned #1/5 on recto.

Ruth Bernhard - Classic Torso
Ruth Bernhard
Classic Torso
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1952, Printed Later
13 1/2 x 9 5/8 inches

Mounted, signed in pencil on the mount, signed, titled, and dated in pencil and with the photographer's copyright stamp on the reverse.

Ruth Bernhard - Perspective II
Ruth Bernhard
Perspective II
Platinum/Palladium Photograph
1967, Printed 1996
14 X 20 Inches

Signed in pencil in the margin on recto. Title, date, copyright, edition 'Letter F of 6,' and printing notations in pencil on the verso

Ruth Bernhard - In the Box-Horizontal
Ruth Bernhard
In the Box-Horizontal
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1962, Printed Later
7 3/8 x 13 1/8 inches, Framed 20 x 24 inches

Signed in pencil on the mount; signed, titled, and dated in pencil on the mount verso.

Ruth Bernhard - Wet Silk
Ruth Bernhard
Wet Silk
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1938, Printed 1980s
13 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches

Signed in pencil, on mount recto. Signature, title, date, in pencil and copyright stamp, on mount verso

Ruth Bernhard - Hips Horizontal
Ruth Bernhard
Hips Horizontal
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1975, Printed 1984
7 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches

Bernhard's signature and edition notations 64/75, in pencil, on mount recto

Dianne Blell - Anticipation
Dianne Blell
Anticipation
Archival Pigment Photograph
c. 2000-2007
55 x 44 Inches
Signed, titled, dated and # 5/7 on verso.
Dianne Blell - Lovers in a Stormy Night
Dianne Blell
Lovers in a Stormy Night
Archival Pigment Photograph
c. 2000-2007
44 x 55 Inches, Image Size 36 x 48
Signed, titled, dated and # 4/7 on verso.
Dianne Blell - Lovers' First Glance
Dianne Blell
Lovers' First Glance
Archival Pigment Photograph
c. 2000-2007
32 x 27 Inches, image Size 24 x 18 inches
Signed, titled, dated and # 3/8 on verso.
Dianne Blell - Teasing the Bathers
Dianne Blell
Teasing the Bathers
Archival Pigment Photograph
c. 2000-2007
32 x 44 Inches
Signed, titled, dated and # 4/8 on verso.
Dianne Blell - Preparing for the Beloved
Dianne Blell
Preparing for the Beloved
Archival Pigment Photograph
c. 2000-2007
32 x 27 Inches
Signed, titled, dated and # 2/8 on verso.
Dianne Blell - Elopement
Dianne Blell
Elopement
Archival Pigment Photograph
c. 2000-2007
32 x 27 Inches, image Size 24 x 18 inches
Signed, titled, dated and # 2/8 on verso.
Dianne Blell - Lovers' Quarrel
Dianne Blell
Lovers' Quarrel
Archival Pigment Photograph
c. 2000-2007
32 x 27 Inches
Signed, titled, dated and # 2/8 on verso.
Ruth Bernhard - Classic Torso-TB
Ruth Bernhard - Perspective II - TB
Ruth Bernhard - Wet Silk - TB
Ruth Bernhard - Hips Horizontal - TB
Dianne Blell - Anticipation - TB
Dianne Blell - Lovers in a Stormy Night - TB
Dianne Blell - Lovers' First Glance - TB
Dianne Blell - Teasing the Bathers - TB
Dianne Blell - Preparing for the Beloved - TB
Dianne Blell - Elopement - TB
Dianne Blell - Lovers' Quarrel - TB

The Compassionate Eye:
Women Behind the Lens

11/28/2015 - 12/19/2015

INSTALLATION IMAGES

Shortly after the development of photography in the mid 19th century, women became early practitioners of the medium and expanded its range by experimenting with its every aspect and playing a pivotal role in its reception. Their lasting impact on photography is historically documented, but within the early stages of its development as a means of artistic expression, it often was women’s enthusiastic engagement in image making that can be attributed to the medium’s strength as a vehicle for story telling, the re-creation of personal dramas as well as the experimentation with printing out techniques. Photography easily lends itself to introspection, exploring identity and sexuality, and distancing oneself from traditional domestic roles. Although pigeonholing a photographer as a woman photographer can seem reductive, creativity cannot be said to be neutral in terms of gender and cultural experience. The unique abilities and capacities for women to express their distinctive visions and their contributions to photography’s formation should be explored and celebrated. Traditionally, the aspects that women were more apt to externalize in bringing to their images are certain levels of compassion, unique sensitivities for their subjects, and presentation of people with dignity and empathy. Perhaps the female gaze offers a highly intuitive and poetic outlook of the world.

By the end of the 1930s legendary photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White had proven women could go to the same lengths as men and beyond creating unique testimonies to the industrial and historical development of the twentieth century. During the same period in New York City, Berenice Abbott was documenting the transformations of an American city with its rising skyscrapers leaving behind an important record of the past. Dorothea Lange changed the course of documentary photography with her poignant images of the social as well as economic consequences of the American Great Depression. Also as innovators with modernist photography, women such as Imogen Cunningham created iconic works in still life, nature studies, and portraiture under the Group f/64. Another member of the famous modernist group, Ruth Bernhard created distinctly refined images of the female nude that revitalized a classical standard of beauty offering a unique viewpoint on the genre away from the male gaze and that of the art historical portrayal of the feminine.

Today, Flor Garduño brings her own intimate style to the genre influenced by her formative years in Mexico capturing the delicate and primal beauty of her subjects imbuing them with emotional strength and poetic metaphor. Joyce Tenneson’s ethereal portraits go beyond a surface recording of her subject’s likeness and move beyond the façade revealing a more spiritual side of the inner person, while Barbara Luisi’s interest in classical music is expressed through her melodic explorations of the human body. Also expanding the genre of staged contemporary photography, two leading artists Dianne Blell and Sandy Skoglund create detailed mise en scènes using the camera to capture these uncanny worlds they have deftly created. Providing an overview of the critical contributions that women have made to medium of photography, “The Compassionate Eye: Woman Behind the Lens” celebrates each of the unique ways women have utilized the camera from the early twentieth century and beyond.