Women of the Photo League

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Berenice Abbott, Church of God, December 8, 1936

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Vivian Cherry, Game of Lynching IV, 1948

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Helen Levitt, New York, July 1939

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Sandra Weiner, [Boy in chair on sidewalk], 1940s

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Lisette Model, At Sammy’s, New York, 1940

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Lee Sievan, Third Avenue at 35th Street, 1940s

One of the most influential organizations dedicated to the teaching and exhibition of photography in the twentieth century, the Photo League advocated a politically committed documentary practice focused on the working class. While this New York-based collective had both male and female members, it was the men who produced the better known projects, including Aaron Siskind’s Harlem Document (1932–40) and Walter Rosenblum’s Pitt Street (1938). A current exhibition at Higher Pictures focuses on the overlooked work of the women of the Photo League including Berenice Abbott, Vivian Cherry, Helen Levitt, Lisette Model, Lee Sievan, and Sandra Weiner. The images above are from photographers in the exhibition and are part ICP’s Permanent Collection.

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About erinbarnett

Assistant Curator, Collections at the International Center of Photography, New York
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One Response to Women of the Photo League

  1. Thank you for publishing Sandra Weiner’s photographs. We were briefly in each others lives and I am forever grateful for having the privilege of knowing her.

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