American Academy in Rome: A View of One’s Own. Three Women Photographers in Rome

About This Project


This exhibition, drawn in part from the holdings of the Photographic Archive of the American Academy in Rome, features a selection of photographs by foreign women in Rome from three successive generations. Their work confronts aspects of the Eternal City and its urban transformation over more than a century, from the Belle Époque to the present day.

The protagonists are American archaeologist Esther Boise Van Deman, Georgina Masson and contemporary photographer Jeannette Montgomery Barron. Seen in succession against a photographic landscape of Rome defined for the most part by men, these photographs posit another way of seeing the city’s history. Taken by female flâneurs, empirical observations of bricks and mortar progressively dissolve into pure, evanescent experience.


American Academy in Rome


13.10.2016 – 27.11.2016

Curated by

Lindsay Harris, Peter Benson Miller, Angela Piga

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