Black protest photography exhibition joined by women’s suffrage celebration show at FMoPA Tampa

Recently-acquired Bruce Davidson work is also on display.

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click to enlarge Sama Alshaibi’s "Justice" - c/o FMoPA
c/o FMoPA
Sama Alshaibi’s "Justice"

August 18 marks the 100-year anniversary for the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted American women the right to vote.

To mark the milestone—and in recognition of both the progress women’s rights have made and the work left to do—

Tampa’s Florida Museum of Photographic Arts (FMoPA) has opened “Reframed,” which features the work of women photographers from Peru (Astrid Jahnsen), South Korea (Ina Jang) and Iraq (Sama Alshaibi).

“Reframed exhibits photographers who analyze the image of women in photography and film through the female lens,” Dr. Zora Carrier, FMoPA Executive Director, wrote in a press release. “By rephotographing and reframing common imagery of women made in a male orientated world, these artists bring attention to underlying female stereotypes and prejudices.”

The show is up until December, and it joins the powerful “Eye Of the Storm” exhibition, which opened in July featuring the work of local Black photographers who’ve captured images from Bay area protests.

“During the first day of the protests, there were no black photographers covering the protests. A group of black professional photographers realized the importance of this monumental time in history (black history). In response to and in support of, they created The Black Activist Photographers and took to the streets of Tampa Bay to witness and document what was happening,” FMoPA wrote about the show. “This exhibition is the result of their work, and although their work is by far not finished, it stands witness to a changing tide in American Black History.”

Also showing at FMoPA—located at 400 North Ashley Dr. in the cube building—are 50 new additions to the museum’s 300-piece collection of work by Magnum photographer Bruce Davidson.

FMoPA’s coronavirus protocol includes a health screening form, limited capacity, mandatory face masks and special hours for guests who are in high-risk categories. More information is available at and (813) 221-2222. 

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