Corpus of Meaning: Figures Through the Lens of Female Photographers
June 14th, 2003 to September 7th, 2003
Is there a distinctly female approach to photographing the body? If so, then what is it? In the 19th century, female photographers were believed to be better portraitists because they supposedly avoided the mechanical approach taken by male photographers. Another stereotype was that female photographers had an intuitive ability to arrange a studio and put sitters at ease, as well as a talent for arranging hair and garments. Corpus of Meaning: Figures Through the Lens of Female Photographers at the Museum of Fine Arts, St Petersburg, Florida invites you to make your own inferences about the gendered approach to photography.