Carrie Mae Weems. Untitled (Woman and daughter with makeup). 1990. Gelatin silver print, 27 3/16 × 27 3/16"" (69.1 × 69.1 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Helen Kornblum in honor of Roxana Marcoci. © 2022 Carrie Mae Weems

Photography is more accessible today than ever—and that’s something worth celebrating. MoMA Photo Club (MPC) is a Webby Award–winning participatory social media initiative launched in May 2021 in conjunction with the exhibition Fotoclubismo: Brazilian Modernist Photography, 1946–1964. Engage with photography themes from anywhere in the world inspired by exhibitions at MoMA, artists, artworks, art movements, and more.

We’re excited to invite you to join the MoMA Photo Club. Share your photos on social media using #MoMAPhotoClub. Scroll down for our latest challenge.

Challenge 4: Our Selves

Women’s advocate and activist Helen Kornblum said that if there’s any theme in the collection she donated to MoMA, “it’s people: meeting people, knowing people, learning about people.” How can a photograph connect us? “Each one actually has its own story for me. Where I found them, who led me to them. I’ve just attached myself in different ways to each one.”

This edition of #MoMAPhotoClub is inspired by the exhibition Our Selves: Photographs by Women Artists from Helen Kornblum, currently on view at MoMA.

Focus on portraiture to tell a story. What makes this photograph special? Who or what does it depict? How did you connect to your subject? How did you feel when you took it? What forms can portraiture take beyond images of people?

We can’t wait to see what you make. Share your photos with us using #MoMAPhotoClub. Select photos will be featured on our social channels, the MoMA website, and on digital screens in select New York City subways.

Learn more about the themes in this exhibition by watching our latest Forum on Contemporary Photography: What Is a Feminist Picture? and reading the introduction to the exhibition catalogue by exhibition curator Roxana Marcoci.

Cara Romero. Wakeah. 2018. Pigmented inkjet print

Cara Romero. Wakeah. 2018. Pigmented inkjet print

Marcel Giró. Untitled. c. 1950

Marcel Giró. Untitled. c. 1950

Challenge 3: Movement

How do we capture a world of motion in a still image? A photograph acts as a pause, showing us a single moment in time, yet our lives are filled with action: swaying, walking, spilling, falling. What happens when a subject (or photographer) is in motion? Our third #MoMAPhotoClub challenge is Movement, inspired by the amateur photographers of Fotoclubismo and our exhibition Automania.

We’re excited to announce Brazilian Formula E world champion and co-founder of @ESC.live and @zerosummit Lucas Di Grassi as our host for this challenge. From racing in an electric car to environmental activism, Di Grassi uses movement to effect positive change in the world.

We can’t wait to see what you make. Share your photos with us using #MoMAPhotoClub. Select photos will be featured on our social channels, the MoMA website, and on digital screens in select New York City subways.

Challenge 2: Shadows

Light is the basis of all photography, but darkness is often overlooked. For our second #MoMAPhotoClub challenge, we want you to play with shadow. Shadows can add contrast and depth to a photograph, heightening the drama and feeling. Try capturing a shadow with crisp edges, then a blurry one. How does the emotion change in your composition? 

On the heels of our first #MoMAPhotoClub challenge, we’re excited to announce Brazilian ballerina and activist Ingrid Silva as our next host. A member of the Dance Theatre of Harlem and founder of @blacksinballet and @empowher_ny, Ingrid creates and captures evocative shadows across the stage through her choreography.

Gertrudes Altschul. Untitled. c. 1955

Gertrudes Altschul. Untitled. c. 1955

José Yalenti. Sand (Areia). c. 1950

José Yalenti. Sand (Areia). c. 1950

Challenge 1: Abstractions from Nature

Mountain climber and environmental activist Conrad Anker is our host for the first theme: Abstractions from Nature, an invitation to look at the natural world from a different perspective.

Share your own Abstractions from Nature—take a closer look at the world around you. How can you photograph something familiar in nature from a new perspective? Try zooming in; make it hard to guess what it is you’re capturing. Notice textures, search for new shapes, and play with angles.

Curator Sarah Meister and mountaineer Conrad Anker invite YOU to get outside and get creative with our first photo challenge: Abstractions from Nature.

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