Martha Graham, El Penitente
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Barbara Morgan focused on painting, printmaking, and teaching art until 1932, when the birth of her first child brought her to photography, a medium she felt she could practice more efficiently and quickly. Her husband Willard, who was already a preeminent photographer, aided her in this transition; however, Morgan’s distinctive contributions to photography were entirely her own. Working with renowned modern dancers, including a ten-year collaboration with Martha Graham (pictured here), Morgan ushered in a new form of dramatic, highly kinesthetic dance photography. She also cofounded the important photography magazine Aperture.