Three Concerned Women, Photographs by Susan Bank, Stella Johnson, and Rania Matar

This week I attended the opening of a joint show by Susan Bank, Stella Johnson, and Rania Matar at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA. The exhibition of exclusively black & white prints, documents the lives of Cuban tobacco farmers; remote villages in Mexico, Nicaragua, and Cameroon; and the women and children of the middle east, respectively.

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I was struck by how well these strong photojournalistic images embraced the fine art of photography as well as its story-telling strengths. It was clear that while each photographer was accepted by the subjects, the images are neither invasive nor detached. Captured on film in various formats, the large images are all beautifully printed. There are no captions beneath any of the prints, perhaps the photographers wished the images to be judged entirely without the bias that may imparted by text. The exhibition was curated by photographer Constantine Manos, a Magnum photographer and the author of four books.

The Griffin Museum of Photography is open Tuesday through Thursday, 11 am – 5 pm; Friday 11 am – 4 pm; and Saturday and Sunday, noon – 4 pm. The exhibition continues until January 10, 2010.

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