The first half of the 20th century was a time of extraordinary change in the field of photography. By 1940, the Museum of Modern Art had established the first department of photography in an American museum, cementing the importance of the art form in the eyes of the world.
The names of many male photographers have been written into the history of the period as important drivers of change. But the women who worked alongside them were just as significant, establishing careers in their own right and creating images that redefined how modern photography might look.
Taken together, the work of Anne Brigman, Imogen Cunningham, Berenice Abbott, Dorothea Lange and Ilse Bing tells an important story.