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East Broadway and Canal Street

Rebecca Lepkoff (American, b. 1916)

East Broadway and Canal Street, 1948

  • Gelatin silver print
  • 8 5/8 x 7 3/8 in. (21.9 x 18.7 cm)
  • The Jewish Museum, New York
  • Purchase: Photography Acquisitions Committee Fund, 1998-11

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WOMEN IN THE PHOTO LEAGUE

In the second quarter of the 20th century—a time when women rarely worked outside of the home—many women entered the field of professional photography, working for magazines and news agencies.

Between 1938 and 1951, more than one hundred women participated in League activities, comprising roughly one quarter of the total participants during that time span. Female members
held a variety of volunteer leadership positions, including those of advisor, editor, administrator, and guest lecturer. For the most part, women photographers were in their late teens or early twenties when they first came to the League. Some were educated; most came from poor families.