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Women's History Salons
Imitation of Life: Photography and Documentary
Marvin Heiferman, William J. Simmons
Wed, July 31st, 2019 | 5:30 pm

Note: This event is sold out.

Join us at the Center for Women's History for thrilling programs and intimate conversations with scholars, journalists, artists, activists, businesswomen, and more amazing leaders of today. Guided by its expert committee of scholars, the Center has a full calendar of public events and salons to explore.


For decades, Americans saw the world through the lens of the photographers at LIFE magazine, and our new exhibition, LIFE: Six Women Photographers, explores the work of the groundbreaking women who helped create that worldview. Join William J. Simmons, co-curator of the exhibition, and the influential curator and writer Marvin Heiferman as they reflect on visual storytelling and the many ways women have played a central role in the history of photography, both as art and journalism.

Marvin Heiferman is a curator and writer, and his new book, Seeing Science: How Photography Reveals the Universe, is out in May from Aperture. 

William J. Simmons is Provost Fellow in the Humanities in the art history Ph.D. program of the University of Southern California. He was the 2017-18 Mellon Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellow in Women’s History at the New-York Historical Society.

Refreshments will be served. 


The Skylight Gallery at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


Free for Members of the Women’s History Council

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In person: Advance tickets may be purchased on site at New-York Historical’s Admissions desk during museum hours.

Advance purchase is required to guarantee admission. Programs and dates may be subject to change. Program tickets do not include Museum Admission unless otherwise noted.

Lead support for the Center for Women's History programs provided by
Joyce B. Cowin, Diane and Adam E. Max, Jean Reid, 
and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

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