Tuesday, 05 April 2011 14:16


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In a digital world obsessed with instant gratification, it was a highly rewarding experience to be sated by the skills 'in camera' and in the 'dark room' that MOMA'S featured women photographers, many in the very early years of the photographic process, possessed.

Equally electrifying is to reflect on the history of MOMA.

MOMA was founded by three women in 1929, at a time when women were relegated to be followers rather than founders.  These women giants, Mary Quinn Sullivan, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, and Lilllie P. Bliss, were the cornerstones of a museum that is known all over the world for its cutting edge approach to art and artists.

Back in the 'day', a photographer had to work hard to produce an acceptable photograph.

Images were 'made' and great care was taken to get the best results from the cumbersome equipment that was available.

There were no 'point-and-shoots'; no paper thin cell phone cameras; no photo shop programs that cut and spliced with ease.

Then it was science and art.

Now, its technology and a bevy of art altering programs.

The issue of one being better than the other can be debated all day long.

But in this 24/7 world of instant ubiquitous imaging, an appreciation for the inspired, emotive, and technical film work of such ground breaking  photographers as Imogen Cunningham, Dorothea Lange and Diane Arbus, is an investment well worth the time and respect.

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