SMP logo

Bookmark and Share


Barbara Morgan (1900-1992)

Pre-visualizing is the first essential of dance photography. The ecstatic gesture happens swiftly and is gone; unless the photographer previsions in order to fuse dance action, light and space simultaneously, there can be no significant dance picture.
-Barbara Morgan

Barbara Brooks Morgan, born in 1900, trained as a painter at the University of California in Los Angeles. Upon seeing an exhibit by Edward Weston, she became attracted to photography as an art form. Though familiar with photography, Morgan never realized that photographs could move beyond realistic records to “essential symbols”. In 1930, Morgan moved from California to New York where she experimented with photomontage and other photographic forms. Earning a reputation as both an Expressionist and a Modernist, most of Morgan’s work involves city themes, dance, children, photomontage, or light drawings. She spent the next five years in the studio photographing Martha Graham's dance company. Morgan's book of those images received the American Institute of Graphic Arts Trade Book Clinic Award. Photographing her subjects in only black and white, many of her best known images are portraits of dancers, children, and montages. Among the dancers she has photographed are Jose Limon, Erick Hawkins, Anna Sokolow and Merce Cunningham.


Photography Temple

Haggerty Museum of Art

A Gallery For Fine Photography

Recollections, Ten Women of Photography, by Margaretta K. Mitchell (180)


Current Exhibitions
| Upcoming Exhibitions | Past Exhibitions | Traveling Exhibitions


The Southeast Museum of Photography is a service of Daytona State College
1200 W. International Speedway Blvd. (Building 1200) Daytona Beach, FL, 32114, (386) 506-4475
Free Admission & Parking

Click HERE for museum hours of operation

Daytona State College prohibits discrimination and assures equal opportunity in employment and education services to all individuals without regard to age, ancestry, belief, color, disability, ethnicity, genetic information, gender, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, and veteran status. For more details, read our Equal Opportunity Statement or contact: Job B. Clement, Chair of the Equity Committee at 386-506-3403 or 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, Fl. 32114.