The Photojournalism of Inge Morath

The Photojournalism of Inge Morath
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Photography as a search for inner truth. Or like a diary of life, the result of rigorous work, blunt, unyielding, up close, rife with humanity. Seven languages, to better understand the cultures with which she would come into contact, using a systematic approach that would lead her to voraciously study the traditions and norms of each of her destinations, from China to Iran. That was Inge Morath, the first woman to join the Magnum Agency. The exhibition covers some of the most famous reports by the Austrian photojournalist, from those of Venice in 1953, in the working-class neighbourhoods of the Lagoon City, to her experience in Spain, when she was sent to photograph Lola, Pablo Picasso’s sister, not always a willing subject. In this trip around the globe with Inge, we rediscover Paris, one of the places close to her heart - the city in which she met the founders of the Magnum Agency, Henri Cartier-Bresson, David Seymour and Robert Capa - and also Iran. Her she took on the aspects of womanhood, focusing in on the relationship between old traditions and the transformations brought about by modern industrial society in a highly patriarchal society. One section of the exhibition is dedicated to the curious “masked” portraits, the result of her collaboration with illustrator Saul Steinberg during her first trip to New York.
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