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Barbara Morgan (1900 - 1992)

Martha Graham, Letter to the World (Kick), 1940

gelatin silver print

Barbra Morgan began as a West Coast painter and advocate for modern art. She took up photography in earnest after moving to New York City in 1930, and after attending a performance of the Martha Graham Dance Company became the definitive photographer of the pioneers of modern dance. Morgan formed lasting associations with influential fine-art photographers of her time and was co-founder with Ansel Adams, Minor White and others of Aperture Magazine in 1952.