|Individually Cataloged Photographs
Women and children reading. Gertrude Käsebier. Between 1900 and 1910. Prints and Photographs Division.
The line between the realms of commercial and art photographic production is often difficult to fix. Both types of photography
explore various styles and effects. Nevertheless, the division has set aside photographic prints and portfolios of great aesthetic,
technical, or historic importance in its individually cataloged Photographs Collection (3,500 photographs, 1842-present).
The collection features both notable works by women photographers and works focusing on women as subjects. A card catalog
provides access by photographers' names, such as Eva Watson-Schütze (1867-1935), Imogen Cunningham (1883-1976), or Rosalind
Solomon (b. 1930). The collection also comprises, for instance,
- Laura Gilpin's (1891-1979) portraits of Native Americans and various celebrities, as well as work she did in the Southwest
and in Central America
- Gertrude Käsebier's (1852-1934) allegorical images of women
- Doris Ulmann's (1884?-1934) photographs of the rural South
Within the collection of photographers' portfolios, there is a large variety of work by American women:
- Berenice Abbott's (1898-1991) New York City buildings
- Diane Arbus's (1923-1971) people at the fringes of society
- Marilyn Bridges's (b. 1948) aerial photography
- Barbara Brooks Morgan's (1900-1992) modern dancers
- Dorothea Kehaya's (b. 1925) light and color effects
- Lisette Model's (1901-1983) spontaneous street portraits
Searching the Collection
Many images for which copy photographs have been made can be retrieved in the Prints and Photographs Online Catalog. They
do not have their own category in the catalog but can be retrieved by photographer's name and title. Images not found in the
online catalog are listed in the Photographs Card Catalog.
Subject access to the material is limited. Researchers seeking fine art photographs depicting women do best to identify photographers
whose work is of interest and then check the card catalog to see if work by that photographer is represented in the collections.
Because of the fragility of some of the photographic prints, advance arrangements may be required for viewing some original
Go to the Prints and Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)