A Look at Anne Brigman’s Revolutionary Female Nudes


A pioneer in photography, Anne Brigman is now being honored with her work on display at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno. This is the largest exhibition for the early twentieth century photographer, who has been continuously overlooked in history. Brigman is noted for her nude self portraits and landscapes depicting other female nudes in the Sierra Nevada mountains. She was a revolutionary for her time, not only because her art was created through the female gaze, but because she focused on human connection to nature and personal feminist issues. With 300 photographs spanning two decades, the exhibit aims to revisit this early feminist artist’s groundbreaking work.

For Further Reading:

The exhibition will be shown at the Nevada Museum of Art until January 27, 2019. There is also a new book featuring her photographs.

Discussion Question:

The female gaze is a subject discussed in feminist art. How do you think images from a woman’s perspective have changed in the past century since Brigman’s photos?


Action Item:

Ask a friend or colleague who they picture behind the camera when they hear the words “female nude.” Do they only know of male photographers? If so, tell them about female perspectives like Brigman’s.


Read more on The Art Newspaper| Image: Anne Brigman, The Bubble, 1906 Wilson Centre for Photography