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On the beach, Avalon Bay, Catalina Island, California, U.S.A. Stereograph copyrighted by H.C. White Co., 1906.

Live at the Library: Women in Photography, Stories from the Not an Ostrich Exhibition

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If you are in the D.C. area, please join us on Thursday, March 16, to celebrate Women’s History Month with Women in Photography, Stories from the Not an Ostrich Exhibition, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building. Photojournalist Sharon Farmer, the first woman and the first African American to be director of the White House Photography Office, and Anne Tucker, curator emerita at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas, will share stories of women photographers and their own work with the Library’s exhibition. Register here to attend. The event is first come, first served, so grab your tickets quickly!

In the meantime, enjoy a virtual tour through the online version of the exhibit: “Not an Ostrich” and Other Images from America’s Library, and if you have the opportunity, come see it in person! The exhibit includes photographs from 1839 to the present, and traces the evolution of photography through images from the Library’s vast collections.

Enjoy a sampling of images featuring women from the exhibit, including this first image taken by Sharon Farmer.

Beatrice Fergerson – with hula hoop around her waist. Photo by Sharon Farmer, 1990.

[Photographer Toni Frissell, sitting, holding camera on her lap, with several children standing around her, somewhere in Europe]. Photo from Toni Frissell Collection, 1945.
[Liliuokalani, the last sovereign of the Kamehameha dynasty that ruled the Hawaiian kingdom]. Photo, circa 1891.

Miss Prall and Miss Chamberlain, William’s Stream. Photo by Joseph John Kirkbridge, September 1886.
Greta Garbo. Photo by Arnold Genthe, 1925.
On the beach, Avalon Bay, Catalina Island, California, U.S.A. Stereograph copyrighted by H.C. White Co., 1906.


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  1. Sounds fabulous and oh so interesting! Wish I could be in D.C. for the event.

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