In Inge Morath's Photographs, Womanhood Is Beautiful And Urgent
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When words failed her, Inge Morath turned to photography.
Born in Austria in 1923, she studied German in Berlin, eventually working as a translator and journalist there early in her career. Her schooling during World War II introduced her to modern art, but, under the Reich she felt compelled to keep her interest in it hidden.
When she moved to Paris to work for Magnum Photos as an editor — not a photojournalist — she found that her command of German was a disadvantage for her socially and professionally.
On her site, she’s quoted as saying, “After the war I had often suffered from the fact that my native language, German, was for most of the world the language of the enemy, and although I was able to write stories in English or French it did not touch the roots. So turning to the image felt both like a relief and an inner necessity.”
And we should be thankful that she did. She was among the first women members of Magnum. Even today, gender parity in the field hasn’t
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