From a small group of museums across the country, these exhibitions cover the globe. Through these autumn exhibitions, we become witness to the changes and challenges of the world around us. We see how women photographers in many countries are questioning the traditions that have governed their lives, the environmental hazards facing the world, how photographers are dealing with new technologies and shifting economies, and how we celebrate one photographer’s 75th birthday with a look back at a remarkable career.

 

Princeton University Art Museum

The Itinerant Languages of Photography

September 7 – January 19, 2014

 

The culmination of a three-year interdisciplinary project sponsored by the Princeton Council for International Teaching and Research, this exhibition traces historical continuities from the 19th century to the present by juxtaposing materials from archival collections in Spain, Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico with works by modern and contemporary photographers including Joan Fontcuberta, Marc Ferrez, Rosângela Renno, and Joan Colom. This exhibition will examine photography across the boundaries of media and genres, including visual art, literature, and cinema.

 

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

She Who Tells a Story

August 27 – January 12, 2014

 

The exhibition She Who Tells a Story introduces the work of 12 leading women photographers from Iran and the Arab world: Jananne Al-Ani, Boushra Almutawakel, Gohar Dashti, Rana El Nemr, Lalla Essaydi, Shadi Ghadirian, Tanya Habjouqa, Rula Halawani, Nermine Hammam, Rania Matar, Shirin Neshat, and Newsha Tavakolian. These prominent photographers have tackled the idea of representation with passion and power, questioning tradition and challenging perceptions of Middle Eastern identity. Their provocative work ranges from fine art to photojournalism and provides insights into political and social issues, including questions of personal identity as well as the complex political and social landscapes of their home regions.

 

Harry Ransom Center

University of Texas at Austin

Radical Transformation: Magnum Photos Into The Digital Age                                                       September 10 – January 5, 2014

 

Magnum Photos, founded in 1947, was the first cooperative agency established and operated by photographers, including Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, David “Chim” Seymour, and George Rodger. For many years, it was the picture magazines that created large audiences for their work. The advent of radical technological changes, a shifting economy, and new techniques in publishing and media gave rise to a change in methods for Magnum photographers.

 

New Orleans Museum of Art

Contemporary Arts Center 

Edward Burtynsky: Water

October 5 – January 19, 2014

 

Many of the 60 images in Water focus not on water itself, but on the systems that humans have put into place in order to harness it, shape it, and control it. Burtynsky traces the various roles that water plays in modern life, from a source of healthy ecosystems to a key element in cultural and religious rituals—and as a rapidly depleting resource. The aerial images, hovering between the worlds of painting and photography, force us to question our relationship with water and the natural world.

 

Museum of Modern Art 

New Photography 2013

September 14 – January 6, 2014

 

Addressing the belief in more than one type of photography, the artists featured in New Photography 2013 have responded to this idea, each in their own way. The work is grounded in photographic artists’ books, sculpture, photomontage, performance, and science. The artists, who come from all over the world, include Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, Brendan Fowler, Annette Kelm, Lisa Oppenheim, Anna Ostoya, Josephine Pryde and Eileen Quinlan.

 

Newark Museum 

Seeing Beyond the Moment: The Photographic Legacy and Gifts of George Tice

September 18 – February 2, 2014

 

On the occasion of his 75th birthday, the Newark Museum is celebrating the career of George Tice, as photographer, master printer, and teacher. More than two dozen prints, all drawn from the museum’s collection, will be on view. Featured among the large-format prints are such iconic works as White Castle, Route 1, Rahway, New Jersey, as well as some lesser-known works on nature and portraits. Highlighting his gift of photographic printing are a selection of works he printed for other photographers, including Edward Steichen and Edward Weston.

 

Art Institute of Chicago

Shomei Tomatsu: Island Life

September 14–January 5, 2014

 

This exhibition on Japanese photographer Shomei Tomatsu (1930–2012) is the first to concentrate on his fascination with Japan’s southern islands. In 1966, Tomatsu published a magazine series called The Sea Around Us that ran for nearly a year. It was inspired by American environmentalist Rachel Carson and by the Americanization of Japan since World War II. In 1969, Tomatsu went to Okinawa, which was then under United States jurisdiction; few Japanese were permitted entry. While there, the politically charged black-and-white photographs he had made in the 1960s gave way to colorful seascapes and everyday scenes, always aided by his sense of light and visual poetry.