PRINT March 1976

‘Women of Photography’: History and Taste

“NO SUCH THING AS A ‘Female Eye’ Behind Camera,” concludes a review of the “Women of Photography” show;1 and indeed, if that were what the organizers wanted to prove—a literal “female eye” or “sensibility” lurking behind all women’s work—then their method certainly would have failed. More likely Margery Mann and Anne Noggle, who put the show together at the San Francisco Museum of Art, simply wanted to present the work of fine artists and decided, because of current interest in the subject, to choose women.

And why not? You have to place limits on any show, and an all-women show picked by two women makes sense. But Mann states very clearly in the catalogue that she found no common themes, methods or imagery in the work (except perhaps the preference for people over landscapes). The organizers, who selected the work over a two-year period, apparently don’t believe in the “fictitious female

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