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, where it was her great good fortune to be mentored by night editor Peter Reich. 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 Special Collections Curator Danielle Kovacs, [email protected] , 413-545-2784.
Those 2,000 images are only the tip of the iceberg of her work, which can also be viewed thematically at her website, www.dianamarahenry.com
. As Yet Unseen
has taken off as a way to scan and enoy the more than 50,000 black and white negatives, 20,000 color slides and 2,000 prints, in the archives of the du Bois Library of U Mass Amherst's 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.
Never yet scanned and printed are her elegant and exqusite images of Pete Seeger, Amnesty International's celebration at St. John the Divine with Lauren Bacall, the opening of the JFK LIbrary, and color slides of the Hare Krishna, the Women's Pentagon Action, the Lower East Side Art Scene of the early 1980's, the demonstration including Grace Paley and Gloria Steinem at Rockefeller Plaza in solidarity with the women of Iran, the inauguration of the statue by Louise Nevelson at the World Trade Center with the sculptor and Kate Millett, Sylvia Sleigh in her garden and at home with Lawrence Alloway, the Hare Krishna, Bill Mollison founder and teacher of Permaculture, and Bonnie Raitt, Joan Baez and her sister Mimi Farina rarely seen together, and Joan dancing with her son as well as accompanying Baba Olatunji at Esalen....and so much more! Check them out at http://www.dianamarahenry.com/spotlight.htm
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! You may even order a book of images almost all in color, created as a prototype for the project at its inception, during her residency at the Vermont Studio Workshop. This special edition book is available in an on-demand high quality format for a $100 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 and unique ephemera that accompanied the events and personalities she photographed at the Spotlight page
of http://www.dianamarahenry.com - and enjoy!