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MoMA presents history of photography through the lens of female photographers

The Museum of Modern Art's (New York) photography collection is so rich that it can present virtually the entire history of the medium using only images taken by women and in many cases, of women.

Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography presents a selection of outstanding photographs by women artists, charting the medium’s history from the dawn of the modern period to the present. The show is organized chronologically, beginning with a gallery of 19th and early 20th century photographs that illustrate the two traditions of documentary and pictorial photography.

It includes a stunning array of photographs by European artists in the 1920s and 1930s, including Ilse Bing's 1931 iconic "Self-Portrait in Mirrors," which shows her looking straight at the viewer and in profile at the same time, an illusion made possible by using her camera as a third eye.

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