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The Cut: Marilyn Monroe and Coco Chanel Appear In This  All-Women Exhibition

To mark the 70th anniversary of Magnum Photos, Soho’s Staley-Wise Gallery is celebrating female photographers who captured female subjects. The exhibition “Women Seeing Women,” which opened June 20, features 12 renowned photographers including Eve Arnold (who was a member of the Magnum art cooperative), Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Deborah Turbeville.

In one colorful photo by Arnold,* Marilyn Monroe wears her signature red lip and bouncy blonde curls. In another image by Dahl-Wolfe,* Coco Chanel sports 1950s-style tweezed eyebrows in a tailored suit. Other photographers reimagine the ordinary, like Toni Frissell’s Two Models Drinking a Coke. The exhibition’s curators sought to capture the essence of a Georgia O’Keeffe quote from 1925, “I feel there is something unexplored about women that only a woman can explore.”

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