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Past Exhibition

  • Lori Grinker
    "Piriya" learns to write in Sinhalese at the Methsevana Government Rehabilitation Center for Girls in Nugegoda, Sri Lanka, 1999
    © Lori Grinker/Contact Press Images
  • John Vachon
    Irwinville Farms, Georgia. Inoculation for typhoid in the clinic, 1938
    FSA-OWI Collection, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress
  • Lewis Wickes Hine
    Some adolescents in Bibb Mill No. 1, Macon, Georgia, 1909
    Courtesy the Photography Collections, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Gideon Mendel
    Treatment Action Campaign March, XIII International AIDS Conference, Durban, KwaZulu/Natal, South Africa. A protest march through the streets of Durban organized by Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) during the "Breaking the Silence" International AIDS Conference. The protesters were demanding free access to drug therapy for people with HIV or AIDS in Third World countries. Protesters wore HIV-positive tee shirts to challenge the stigma so often associated with the disease, 2000
    © Gideon Mendel/Corbis
    Courtesy the photographer and Corbis

The Body at Risk: Photography of Disorder, Illness, and Healing


The Body at Risk explores ten significant photographic projects from the last one hundred years that depict the vulnerabilities of the human condition. The exhibition shows how individual lives are shaped by a range of challenging circumstances, including war, disease, poverty, pollution, domestic violence, age, and labor. It provides insight into the social context in which the photographs were taken by integrating perspectives from anthropology, sociology, political history, photographic history, and news coverage along with writings and interviews by and with the photographers. Among the sixteen renowned photographers represented are Donna Ferrato, Lori Grinker, Lewis Hine, Dorothea Lange, Russell Lee, Gideon Mendel, Sebastião Salgado, and W. Eugene Smith.

The Body at Risk was curated by ICP Curator Carol Squiers, who also authored the accompanying catalogue. It was organized by ICP with generous support from the Milbank Memorial Fund. Additional support has been provided by The JM Foundation, Philip Lehman Foundation, Milbank Foundation for Rehabilitation, and Dr. David Kronn and Anthony Vacchione.