Women Seeing Women

Brilliant female photography at Staley-Wise

Sheila Metzner The Passion of Rome, 1986 Courtesy Staley-Wise Gallery

Women Seeing Women is quite possibly the most interesting and enlightening show of the summer. The collection is presented by Staley-Wise and Magnum Photos. The curation showcases the work of twelve legendary female Magnum photographers and twelve women who are contemporary photographers working in fashion and commercial photography.

The images are all recording and interacting with women in a visual dialogue that is very telling and a sublime experience for the viewer. Photographers included Eve Arnold, Deborah Turberville, Sheila Metzner, and Ellen von Unwerth. There is a magical female thread running through the entire show and it’s best summed up by Georgia O’Keefe, who said,”I feel there is something unexplored about women that only women can explore.”

You can feel that very exploration going on and see a revealing side to the photographer and the subject which we believe is unique to women working with women.


Susan Meisalas Indian Dance Mask
Susan Meiselas
Traditional Indian dance mask, Nicaragua, 1978
© Susan Meiselas / Magnum Photos


Martine Franck Donegal
Martine Franck
Donegal, Tory Island, Ireland, 1995
© Martine Franck / Magnum Photos


Louise Dahl Wolfe Liz Gibbons
Louise Dahl-Wolfe
Liz Gibbons as Photographer, 1938
Courtesy Staley-Wise Gallery


Eve Arnold Marilyn Monroe2
Eve Arnold
Marilyn Monroe, studio sessions, Los Angeles, California, 1960
© Eve Arnold / Magnum Photos


Ellen Von Unwerth Rihanna-landing
Ellen von Unwerth
Rihanna, Berlin, 2009
Courtesy Staley-Wise Gallery


Diana Markosian Hanan Saeed Abdo
Diana Markosian
Hanan Saeed Abdo, Germany, 2017
© Diana Markosian / Magnum Photos
Toni Frissell JFK Wedding2
Toni Frissell
John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier Wedding, Newport, RI, 1953
Courtesy Staley-Wise Gallery


Sheila Metzner Passion of Rome header
Sheila Metzner
The Passion of Rome, 1986
Courtesy Staley-Wise Gallery