EXHIBITION ON VIEW
Eye Wonder: women photographers in the Bank of America Collection
Since photography's inception in the mid-nineteenth century, women artists have embraced the subjectivity and eccentricity of the camera’s lens. They have not merely captured scenes but rather directed their models, devised inventive camera angles and expressive lighting, and manipulated color and focus as part of their creative image-making process.
Drawn from Bank of America¹s renowned collection of international photography, Eye Wonder covers works from the early days of the medium; by Modernist masters such as Berenice Abbott, Margaret Bourke-White and Ilse Bing; through works by contemporary innovators including Rineke Dijkstra, DoDo Jin Ming and Hellen van Meene. The exhibition's broad range of historical and contemporary works reveals the enduring complexity and richness of the photographic image.
The exhibition is organized thematically to illuminate how artists have created widely varied views of fundamental subjects such as the human face and figure, landscape, interior, or still life. Modernist photographers used the sharp boundaries of the camera¹s lens to accentuate the formal elements of shape, value and texture when photographing subjects ranging from flowers to factories. Documentary-style photographers may favor a straight, immediate method of shooting, but their emotional responses and aesthetic preferences mold their final images.