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Libel Exhibit- Sneak -On Venice Beach
Press release and invitations 1991 and 2007


From the Libel Exhibit-Sneak Photograph

Diana Mara Henry

United States

Photography, Black & White on Paper

Size: 9 W x 13 H x 0.1 D in

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The couple on the sand, at Venice Beach, looking at the sand painting in the frame, are my ex, the Lower East Side artist Noel Oard Mapstead, and the girlfriend of the photographer, the late Julian Carl Levy, my photography guru and lifelong friend. It amused me that we had actually bought a sand painting and were studying it, surrounded by sand. Man's creation more interesting than G-d'?s although so much more limited, I guess the question is posed here. Please make the story your own. I hate to confine the viewer with limitations by telling them what to think but it works for the algorithms. The image with the caption was the title image on the invitation to the exhibit in Springfield, MA in 2007. I would provide another one which is pristine and with the caption separate, which you would be welcome to add. Or I can apply it when you make the purchase. From the press release: “Libel” an exhibit in photographs and words by Diana Mara Henry challenges our acceptance of the photographic image and its associated caption as truth. “I heaped truth on some people’s heads and lies on others. In most cases, I don’t know whether truth or lies. I discovered it was easier to assign words stereotypically, but more amusing to find obviously fraudulent applications. Diana Mara Henry’s Libel project, comprising 99 photographs (twenty-seven of which are in the exhibit), was first created for Gustave Harrow’s course, “Art and the Law” at New York University’s School of Arts Administration.In a time of harnessing of hatred of the "other" under the rubric of "misinformation" this is a challenge, softened by the age of the images and the whimsy of the terms, to break through the barriers that separate us and open our hearts to what we do not know as well as what we are shown and told.Time to show this exhibit again!

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Size:9 W x 13 H x 0.1 D in

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"Your photos are beautiful and represent such a powerful and passionate time in American History. I believe these photos will last and many years from now they will be looked at and studied just as Matthew Brady's classic and haunting Civil War photos are today..."- Ron Kovic tribute for Diana Mara Henry. Diana Mara Henry began her career as a photo editor and reporter for the Harvard Crimson, 1967-1969. After college she was a researcher for NBC news and a General Assignment Reporter for the Staten Island Advance. Going freelance in 1971, she photographed George McGovern -from the New Hampshire primaries to the National Democratic Convention, Bella Abzug and Elizabeth Holtzman. The most-published photographs of her career came as official photographer for the National Commission on International Women's Year to document the First National Women's Conference in Houston, TX, 1977. Other extended reports include Vietnam Veterans, 1970-1981; election night in Plains, Georgia, 1976; Women Office Workers/Nine-to-Five, 1979; the Women's Pentagon Action, 1980; One-Room Schools and Schoolteachers of Vermont (shown at the Brattleboro Museum in 1984) and One-Room Schools of Ulster County, NY, and the Natzweiler-Struthof Concentration Camp, Alsace, France. Grants from the NY State Council on the Arts, the NY Foundation for the Arts, and the Ms Foundation for Women have supported her projects. She is a resident of Newport, VT and has found there her Shangri-la.

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