Diana Mara Henry began her career in photojournalism at Radcliffe, as photoeditor of the Harvard Crimson from 1967 to 1969. She received Harvard's Ferguson History Prize in 1967 and her Harvard A.B. in Government in 1969. From her first job at NBC News, she has specialized in interpreting social issues and cultural events. Her photography for private literary, social and fashion clients in New York City has been widely published.
(Left and below:DMH at the Forbes Chateau de Balleroy, 1980 and 1981)
She covered the 1972 and 1976 National Democratic Conventions and the campaigns of Eugene McCarthy, McGovern, Lowenstein, Abzug, Holtzman, Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter and election night in Plains, Georgia.
THE WOMEN'S MOVEMENT
As official photographer for the First National Women's Conference, she had unlimited access to many of the crucial women of the 1970's. These photographs have appeared in many government documents, magazines, books such as The Perfect Portfolio, Newsweek's Pictures of the Year 1977,The Women’s Movement (Feminist Coalitions / Gilmore); for exhibit and the 1989 Pulitzer and Tony award-winning play, The Heidi Chronicles, and have been exhibited in many locations including in a one-woman show at the Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, NY; The Park Avenue Armory, NYC; The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar, Richmond, VA; The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, DC, 2011; plenary presentations (Bella Abzug Leadership Institute’s “Freedom on Our Terms” conference, NYC, McGovern Birthday celebration, DC) and websites / online exhibits (Jewish Women’s Archive Women of Valor and Jewish Women and the Feminist Revolution, GloriaSteinem.com)
A grant from the New York State Council on the Arts funded her 1987 exhibit about the more than 200 one-room schools of rural Ulster County. Her exhibit of one-room schools and school teachers of Vermont was displayed at the Brattleboro Museum and both exhibits combined shown at American International College in 2006. Since her move to Vermont, they have been exhibited at the Memphremagog Artists Collaborative, 2012, and the Vermont Folklife Center and the Vermont History Museum, 2014.
Diana Mara Henry's photographs are in the collections of the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Archives and the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, where, in 1976, they constituted the first collection of the work of a contemporary photographer. In 2012, her photography archives were transferred by sale and gift to constitute a Special Collection at the Du Bois Library at U Mass Amherst where a couple of thousand images have already been scanned and an online exhibit was created. Her work has been featured in numerous one-woman and group shows, and she was listed in The Photograph Collector's Guide by Lee Witkin and Barbara London, and in Who's Who of Women in America.
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE, LECTURER AND TEACHER
The recipient of a 40-day artist-in-residence grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Diana Mara Henry has been a presenter on digital photography to MacWorld in San Francisco and on various other topics of her life and work to the American Society of Picture Professionals, the Women's Caucus for the Arts, the Society for Photographic Education, the French Library and Cultural Center in Boston, and other organizations. She also taught French at the Monterey Institute of International Studies and the Defense Language Institute and photography and English in all grades and under the auspices of Marist College at Otisville Federal Penitentiary, NY.
Originator and Director of the Community Workshop Program at the International Center for Photography, NYC, she taught black-and-white and Cibachrome photography there from 1975 to 1979. The ICP Library houses the exhibit Women Photographers of NY State which she created in 1977 for the NY State Women's Meeting at the Empire State Plaza in Albany.
She served as Vice-President and Director of Programs for the Alice Austen House, Staten Island, NY, and helped lobby successfully for a more than $1 million grant from the City of NY for restoration of this historic house and creation of the first museum dedicated to a photographer in the U.S.
Diana Mara Henry’s recent work:Although not seeking assignments, she accepted to capture Ken Burns and Paul Barnes for the September, 2007 cover story of Editors Guild magazine.
Diana Mara Henry is more and more in demand as a speaker and presenter of her own life and work as well as of the Women’s Movement at conferences and to college audiences:"Women Change America Conference at Smith college; at the Organization of American Historians Centennial Conference, Minneapolis; to the History and Photography Departments of Metropolitan Community College and the community at large, Omaha, Nebraska; to the Women’s Studies Department, with concurrent exhibit, Trinity College, Hartford CT; at the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library Summer Seminar on Gender History, "Sequels to the 1960s;" "Photography as a Political Art" panel, Harvard/Radcliffe 40th reunion, 2009; "Feminism and Photography'" Amherst College, 2010.
Diana Mara Henry was honored with a Common Ground Award by Unity First! in 2011, and an exhibit of her work shown at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC,. co-sponsored by the National Museum of Women's History. In 2012 an exhibit of almost one hundred of her photographs was held at the office of Manhattan Borough President in celebration of the 35th anniversary of the NY State Women's Meeting and the First National Women's Conference. In 2013, among many other assignments, she was invited to speak at Google headquarters in Mountainview, CA and to lecture at the St. Johnsbury Atheneaum on "The Women's Rights Movement: A Photographic Journey". In 2014 she participated as a panelist at the conference at Boston University "A Revolutionary Moment: Women's Liberation in the late 1960s and early 1970s" as a panelist about "Capturing the moment: photography of the Women's Movement." In 2015 she was the Martin Luther King Day speaker at Hanover-Norwich high school and in 2016, reprising her appearance in 2009 as keynote speaker for International Women's Day at Westfield State University, she was interviewed by a panel of Westfield State professors for their celebration of the day on WSU TV: "Moments, Movements and Media: How Images inspire Change." U Mass Friends of the Library 18th Annual fall reception was held in tribute to the Diana Mara Henry Twentieth Century Photographer Special Collection at the du Bois Library.
Diana Mara Henry's books include Women on the Move and A Life in Photography.
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