On View: The Studio as Photographer’s Muse at the Museum of Modern Art

Laboratory, playground or elaborate stage set, the photographer’s studio has provided generations of artists with a vehicle for creative expression limited only by the imagination.  Today you can see how some of the medium’s most respected photographers have used studios as a collective muse in A World of Its Own: Photographic Practices in the Studio at the Museum of Modern Art.

 

Laboratory of the Future by Man Ray, 1935. (Photo: © 2014 Man Ray Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris)

‘Laboratory of the Future’ by Man Ray, 1935. (Photo: © 2014 Man Ray Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris)

Similar to a movie set, but more personal, a studio can provide everything from neutral backdrops to expansive architectural environments.  A World of Its Own explores the commercial, scientific and artistic applications of what can happen within four walls by showcasing over 180 works by 90 artists. These include Robert Mapplethorpe, Cindy Sherman, Richard Avedon, Man Ray and William Wegman.

A World of Its Own: Photographic Practices in the Studio is on view at the Museum of Modern Art until October 25, 2014.