• Installation view, Her Gaze: Sixty Years of Women in Photography, Lévy Gorvy, Zürich, 2019. Photo: Michael Richter

  • Installation view, Her Gaze: Sixty Years of Women in Photography, Lévy Gorvy, Zürich, 2019. Photo: Michael Richter

  • Installation view, Her Gaze: Sixty Years of Women in Photography, Lévy Gorvy, Zürich, 2019. Photo: Michael Richter

  • Installation view, Her Gaze: Sixty Years of Women in Photography, Lévy Gorvy, Zürich, 2019. Photo: Michael Richter

Her Gaze: Sixty Years of Women in PhotographyExhibition

Zürich
October 24, 2019 - January 10, 2020

 

Opening Reception:

Thursday, October 24, 6-9 PM

Her Gaze: Sixty Years of Women in Photography

Celebrating the creative achievements of female photographers, Her Gaze: Sixty Years of Women in Photography features pioneers of modernist photography including Gisèle Freund, Ruth Mayerson Gilbert, Germaine Krull, and Barbara Morgan, alongside photos by prominent contemporary women including and Olga Chernysheva and Lucana. Ranging from urban landscapes and portraiture to studies of the human figure, the works in the Her Gaze exhibit the tremendous accomplishments of women in photography.

Inherently a modern medium, photography has offered freedom from the patriarchal traditions inherent to more traditional art forms, giving women opportunities to establish their economic and aesthetic independence. Photographers like Germaine Krull (1897–85) and Gisèle Freund (1908–2000) rose to that challenge to take photographs that placed them at the center of Parisian avant-garde. Krull’s photo of Métro tracks exemplifies the innovations she displayed in Métal (1928), a landmark photographic book that brought her modernist vision to the industrial landscape. She applied the same eye for abstraction to her portraits, as seen in her image of Louis Jouvet, where the famed actor partially obscures his face in a dramatic gesture. Freund is represented in Her Gaze by photographs in which she captured the liveliness of Parisian urban fabric and street life. The only founding female member of the international photographer co-operative agency Magnum, Freund became the first photographer to be honoured with a retrospective at the Centre Pompidou in 1991.

READ MORE

Selected Works

1/
  • Gisèle Freund
    Pantouflour
    1933/reprint from unknown date
    Gelatin silver print
    30 x 20 cm
    © Gisèle Freund

    Enquire
  • Ruth Mayerson Gilbert
    Rue de Seine, Paris
    Not dated/series from 1978
    Gelatin silver print
    21.5 x 32 cm
    © Ruth Mayerson Gilbert

    Enquire
  • Germaine Krull
    Der Schauspieler Louis Jouvet
    1928/1977
    Gelatin silver print
    21 x 16 cm
    © Germaine Krull and Galerie Wilde Köln

    Enquire
  • a photograph of a person's head in the sand

    Lucana (Ana Lucia Pérez Tobón)
    Serie Formas: Dos 6 Pacho
    1994
    Silver gelatin print
    36.5 x 33.5 cm
    © Lucana (Ana Lucia Pérez Tobón)

    Enquire

More Information