Carol Henry: Curating an Exhibit on the Male Subject by Women Photographers

Symphony of the Ocean image by fine art photographer Eduardo Fujii

Fine Art Photographer Carol Henry, Curator

Starting with a panel discussion on "Women in Photography," followed by a public reception, the Center for Photographic Art (CPA) in Carmel, CA opens the show "She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not," featuring the work of 12 fine art female artists depicting the male as subject matter.

Fine art photographer Carol Henry, the curator of the show, has conceived an intriguing exhibition that although not controversial, is certainly designed to provoke thought. Presenting only female photographers including, in addition to Henry herself, Edna Bullock, Martha Casanave, Jodi Cobb, Imogen Cunningham, Judy Dater, Flor Garduño, Dorothea Lange, Mary Ellen Mark, Holly Roberts, Adrienne Salinger, and Joyce Tenneson, the exhibition has a specific focus on women perspective. By selecting photographers that span 100 years of photographic styles, Henry invites the viewer to question how women photographing men changed over time due to social and cultural shifts. After a walk through the gallery and an appreciation of 40 beautiful fine art photographs, the exhibition might evoke the unintended response that not much has changed at all.

Judy Dater's photograph depicting her nude husband Jack Welpott taking a nap on the couch under Lucien Clergue's photo of Picasso, Martha Cassanave's image of a nude torso of photographer Ryuijie, and Jodi Cobb's photograph of an ornate and beautifully dressed Papua New Guinea medicine man are just a few examples that illustrate the point that CPA's press material make about the existence of a deeper relationship between photographer and subject model and how the photographers capture emotion as part of the art form.

After spending over a year organizing the exhibition, collecting images for the show and dealing with bureaucratic and legal issues with individual artists, family estates and major galleries such as the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, Henry completes her exciting journey and presents us an emotional view of talented women who have inspired her and generations of other female photographers.

The show includes color and B&W images and Henry, a nontraditional medium artist herself, have included not only traditional medium but also nontraditional media such as Joyce Tenneson's large-scale Polaroids and Holly Roberts' unique collages. The exhibit will run through February 19, 2017.


Carol Henry is a fine art photographer that makes unique cameraless prints on Cibachrome paper. She received a BFA in photography from the Northern Michigan University and have been represented in 34 galleries and participated in 200 exhibitions. Carol spent over 3 years as the fine print specialist for the Ansel Adams Gallery for Ansel’s signed originals, is a charter member of Women in Photography International and is currently the photography director at Carmel Visual Arts.

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