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"Who's Afraid of Women Photographers?”

© Christina Broom/Museum of London

From 14 October 2015 to 24 January 2016

From October 14, 2015 to January 24, 2016, the Musée de l’Orangerie and the Musée d’Orsay jointly present “Who's Afraid of Women Photographers?” a fascinating exhibition that focuses on the contribution of women to the history of photography from the very beginning of the invention of photography in 1839 until 1945.


“Who's Afraid of Women Photographers?” puts on display works of European and American female photographers of great renown. Among them, we mention the first woman ever to take a photograph, Constance Talbot (1811–1880), the wife of the British inventor, William Henry Fox Talbot (1800 –1877), who invented the salted paper and calotype (talbotype) processes, as well as many other female photographers such as:

Julia Margaret Cameron (1815–1879), British.

Gertrude Käsebier (1815–1879), American.

Christina Broom (1862–1939), British.

Frances Benjamin Johnston (1864 –1952), American.

Alice Austen (1866 –1952), American.

Imogen Cunningham (1883–1976), American.

Claude Cahun (1894–1954), French.

Tina Modotti (1896 –1942), Italian.

Germaine Krull (1897–1985), German, French, and Dutch.

Ilse Bing (1899–1998), German.

Margaret Bourke-White (1904–1971), American.

Dorothea Lange (1895–1965), American.

Barbara Morgan (1900–1992), American.

Ruth Bernhard (1905 –2006), American.

Lee Miller (1907–1977), American.

Helen Levitt (1913–2009), American.

The exhibition is divided into two parts. The first part is held at the Musée de l’Orangerie and introduces photographs that belong to the first 80 years, from 1839 to 1919. However, the second part is displayed on the stage of Musée d’Orsay and tackles the period between 1918 and 1945.

If you are staying at Hotel Cambon, “Who's Afraid of Women Photographers?” is well worth a visit.