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A Life in Photography

Diana Mara Henry

Diana Mara Henry's new book of 464 images in a limited edition to be published by subscription for the celebration of her collection at U Mass Amherst September 25th, 2016. The public is invited to hear speakers she photographed, from 2-5 p.m. Free, at the Du Bois LIbrary.

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Diana Mara Henry's new book  of 464 images in a limited edition to be published by subscription only for the celebration of her collection at U Mass Amherst September 25th, 2016. If you cannot be there to purchase a signed copy of A Life in Photography and/or a copy of her first book, Women on the Move, your donation of $30 per book will give you a signed copy, postage-paid. It will be helpful to have your donation now even if you want to pick up your book at the event, as only a limited quantity will be published, based on your interest. Very grateful for your support and hope to see you at the event! U Mass press release follows....

The UMass Amherst Libraries host “Through The Photographer’s Eyes: The Diana Mara Henry Photograph Collection ,” from August 19, 2016 through January 27, 2017, in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library, both on the Lower Level and in Special Collections and University Archives, on Floor 25, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The work of photojournalist Diana Mara Henry spans four decades of political, social, and cultural change in America. After graduating from Harvard with a degree in government in 1969, Henry returned to New York to work as a researcher with NBC News and as a general assignment reporter for the Staten Island Advance, but in 1971 she began to work as a freelance photographer. Among many projects, she covered the Democratic conventions of 1972 and 1976 and was selected as official photographer for both the National Commission on the Observance of International Women’s Year and the First National Women’s Conference in 1977, and while teaching at the International Center for Photography from 1974-1979, she developed the community workshop program and was a leader in a campaign to save the Alice Austen House. Her body of work ranges widely from the fashion scene in 1970s New York and personal assignments for the family of Malcolm Forbes and other socialites to political demonstrations, cultural events, and photoessays on one room schoolhouses in Vermont and everyday life in Brooklyn, France, Nepal, and Bali. Widely published and exhibited, her work is part of permanent collections at institutions including the Schlesinger Library, the Library of Congress, Smithsonian, and the National Archives.

The exhibit features photographs taken by Henry along with a rich array of related materials—including speeches, press releases, brochures, and her own notes—collected over the years; taken together they document the political and cultural scene of the second half of the twentieth century. Items on display cover a wide range of topics from the Vietnam Veterans Against the War, The Women’s Pentagon Action, the McGovern campaign, the New York State Women’s Meeting and First National Women’s Conference to Permaculture, New York politics, and New York society.

The exhibit draws upon photograph and documents in the Diana Mara Henry Photograph Collection in Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA). An overview of her collection is available on the SCUA website and more than 2,000 of her images are available online in Credo.
For more information, contact Danielle Kovacs, dkovacs@library.umass.edu , 413-545-2784.

Our ongoing As Yet Unseen project is described below:
In the last two years, her 50,000 black and white negatives,20,000 color slides and 2,000 prints, entered the archives of the du Bois Library of U Mass Amherst as a special collection entitled: Diana Mara Henry 20th Century Photographer. The scanning of these images, especially the color slides never yet seen, offers a unique opportunity to bring to light images never printed, many of which are at least as historic as the ones that have been seen for the last 45 years. 
 
And so, with the help of the Du Bois Library Diana Mara Henry is ready to embark, with your assistance, on a dramatic and innovative new initiative, which in effect will create a new body of work. Diana Mara Henry has entitled this body of work "As Yet Unseen." To bring it to you as an exhibit on location at a gallery or museum, and to produce the book now in design, is something you can make possible with your contacts and donation!
 
This is the moment to step in and make your donation really matter - both in terms of helping to sponsor the scans and even by selecting which work is scanned. If you or an event or personality you care about were a subject of Diana Mara Henry's photography, please make that known when you donate and we will prioritize with your interests in mind. For larger donations, receive enlarged contact sheets showing all the photographs made at an event, and your choice of exact images and a scan for personal use are possible. 
 
Your future donations will provide for: 
• Online availability of the subjects, people, events that you know and love from Diana Mara Henry's photography-at your request, priority will be given to your favorites, and to Diana Mara Henry choosing many AS YET UNSEEN. 
•  Your donation will ensure that extensive outreach to individuals photographed and organizations continues. This has turned up exciting renewed relationships and collaborations. Thank you for that response!
•  Please follow the images coming alive once again at the Spotlight page of http://www.dianamarahenry.com,