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November 10, 2009
We were thrilled to hear about this new exhibition, Three Concerned Women, opening this week at the Griffin Photography Museum in Massachusetts.
Susan S. Bank, Stella Johnson and Rania Matar share an interest in a humanist approach to photography. Their long-term projects have taken them to Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. Susan Bank's self-published book, Cuba: Campo Adentro drew praise from Robert Frank, and was named one of the year's best photobooks at Photo España 2009. Both Stella Johnson and Rania Matar won prizes in our recent Lens Culture International Exposure Awards.
The exhibition kicks off on November 12 in a panel discussion with the womens' mentor, photographer and curator Constantine Manos, who says, "What these three women share is a devotion to a kind of photography which celebrates the dignity of the human condition, no matter what the circumstances might be. Each, in her own way, has found people and situations which have moved her to make photographic statements which reflect love and compassion."
Read a fascinating essay (in English and Spanish) about Susan Bank's work, plus 24 photos.