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Intimate Visions: The Photographs of Dorothy Norman

July 16–September 11, 1994

Dorothy Norman's photographs have been compared to the private, quiet, and intimate poems of Emily Dickinson, but recognition of her work as a photographer tended to be eclipsed by her activities as a prominent writer, biographer, editor, and social activist. Intimate Visions: The Photographs of Dorothy Norman, a retrospective exhibition of 93 photographs, brings the artist's prolific photographic career into balance with her other talents. Norman began to photograph in the late 1930s as a protégé of Alfred Stieglitz. She was stirred by the liberating possibilities of the modern movement and inspired by Stieglitz's aspirations for photography as fine art. She turned her lens to portraiture of the creative people who were a part of her life in the worlds of both art and social reform. She explored the cityscape of New York and the architecture and landscape of Cape Cod. Among her most compelling images are a group of photographs which she made at An American Place, Stieglitz's last New York gallery, shortly after his death in 1946.


Intimate Visions was organized by the International Center of Photography, New York.


International Center for Photography, New York
Detroit Institute of Arts
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio

Main Building


Professional Imaging of Eastman Kodak Company, The Zenkel Foundation, The Tebil Foundation, Inc. (Estate of William K. Jacobs, Jr.)


Miles Barth

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