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The Allen Sisters: Pictorialist Photographs 1885-1920

Beginning in the 1880s, Frances Allen and her sister Mary Allen began work as photographers after progressive deafness forced them to give up their careers in teaching. Working within the social aesthetic of the Arts and Crafts movement, they took photographs of houses and furnishings and created Colonial Revival pictures by asking their neighbors and friends to dress in period attire. Once praised as “The Foremost Women Photographers in America,” their prints were included in many of the significant early twentieth-century exhibitions and publications but since have been all but lost from view. This exhibition brings their work back in focus and shows a remarkable body of work by two extraordinary women. It was organized and circulated by the Memorial Hall Museum in Deerfield, Massachusetts. Additional information can be found here.