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Sistervision-- Seeing Women's Lives: Photos by Diana Davies
An exhibit in the Sophia Smith Collection
(March 2000)

In celebration of Women's History Month, the Sophia Smith Collection hosted an exhibit of documentary photos and art work by photojournalist, activist, and musician-performer Diana Davies. "Sistervision: Seeing Women's Lives" opened on March 8, 2000 with a talk by Davies. The program included stories about her experiences on assignment, and will detail her process of documenting the music and arts of the 1960s and beyond, along with the civil rights, peace, and women's movements.

"Skate sisters, New York City," 1970
"Skate sisters,sequence 3, near 72nd Street and Broadway," New York City, February 1970 (Diana Davies Papers). Reproduced with permission from photographer Diana Davies.

Davies is the embodiment of the self-made woman. She dropped out of high school, and then waited tables, washed dishes, and swept floors to support herself as a musician. Her work in photography began in the early sixties through her involvement with music and theatre. Davies purchased her camera and darkroom equipment at yard sales, and had no formal training in photography. Yet through skill and perseverance, Davies produced powerful images of musicians and artists from all realms of expression as well portraits of social activists. Davies wants the public to be aware of the injustices in our society, and uses her camera to shine the spotlight on issues of critical importance.

Davies' work appeared in Life magazine, the Boston Globe, the New York Times, and many other publications from the 1960s through the 1980s. The exhibit features images from Davies' papers in the Sophia Smith Collection. Her photographs are also in the collections of the Smithsonian, the New York Public Library, Howard University, and the Swarthmore College Peace Collection.

The exhibit "Sistervision: Seeing Women's Lives" celebrated the opening of Davies' papers at the Sophia Smith Collection.

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