About a woman :
La femme en photographie

United States, written by Jonas Cuénin

Heather Evans Smith, Junk of the Heart, 2013, Lambda Print, edition 1/10, Signed on verso, 16 x 24 in. (40.6 x 61 cm)

The Nailya Alexander Gallery in New York is holding a touching exhibition of thirty photographs of women taken from early last century up to the present day. In the many black-and-white photographs, the selection features many big names like Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Alexander Rodchenko, Sarah Moon and the late Deborah Turbeville.

The exhibition begins with a photograph by an unknown artist taken circa 1910, where the profile of a woman’s face merges with a crescent moon. In the same vein, Grete Stern’s “Dream 31” is a photomontage where a female figure, hands bound, stands on a globe in the middle of a galaxy. Photomontage is also employed by Steve Wilson and David Tippit, whose contemporary photographs combine women’s faces, legs and feet with everyday objects and lush, monochrome landscapes. 

Then come more classical photographs by Jan Lauschmann, Man Ray, George Seeley and Lartigue, where woman is represented with poetry and simplicity: charming eyes, silhouettes with arms akimbo, peaceful moments in nature, but also a lack of visibility, since some figures are not clear on older prints. These images are for the curious, for those who wish to imagine the scene in order to enter into the world of these women, to lay eyes on a piece of their existence. It’s a lovely summer romance.

About A Woman
Until July 26, 2014
Nailya Alexander Gallery
41 E 57th Street, Suite 704
New York, NY 10022

Tel: 212-315-2211