Life Lessons

Life Lessons: Women of Vision

How would you like to travel all over the world just by visiting the Allentown Art Museum? There's a special exhibit going on right now at the art museum called Women of Vision that features explicit photographs from 11 female journalists working for National Geographic.

In a world of selfies and cover photos, National Geographic seems to remind us of the importance of understanding the worlds of other people. This exhibit gives us a chance to pause and reflect on lives and circumstances similar and, at the same time, very different from our own.

"I think this show really shows a lot of courage on the part of the artists, many of them risking their personal safety as well as the deep dedication to their work that makes it so powerful," said Claire McRee, assistant curator of the museum and project coordinator.

These journalists have taken millions with them on assignment through the pages of National Geographic, sometimes spending weeks or months trying to get the perfect image. The collection now at the Allentown Art Museum features some 100 photographs from various locations all over the globe.

"The women who are taking these photographs care so deeply about their subjects. They're really invested in the stories they're doing," says McRee.

She says the project began as an effort to mark 125 years of National Geographic.

"And when they were looking at the top stories of the last decade, they noticed many of them were shot by women, and that's how they came up with the idea of focusing on the work of some of their top photojournalists," she said.

Each photograph comes with a story, like the 10-year-old bride who fought for her freedom, or the boy who lost his eyes in an antigovernment protest. The images help us explore the nuances of current events and the human condition.

"It's a really important show because it puts a visual and it puts a personal story to some of the top issues in the world today some of which you may be familiar with and some of which may be totally new," says McRee.

The exhibit runs through April 8th and is part of a number of events tied in to the theme including a special Wisdom Coalition television program on WFMZ-TV on March 19th at 7:00pm celebrating the strength of women and how women can be successful in everything they do.

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