"Photography Only: Four Women Photographers"
At the Fraser Gallery Bethesda to March 19, 2003
By Louis Jacobson
© Washington City Paper
Thursday, March 6, 2003.

The four artists featured in the Fraser Gallery’s “Photography Only” exhibition are all photographers, and they’re all women; but that’s where the similarities end. Lida Moser and Dianora Niccolini, both now in their 80s, contributed several nudes, including a few by Niccolini that are unsparing in their detail: leg and chest hairs, beads of sweat, goosebumps, and the occasional dangling member. Joyce Tenneson’s feminine fantasy images are a decade or more old, but their pastel tones are much friendlier to the eye than the lemon-yellow-and-sepia style that has overwhelmed her subsequent work. Elsa Mora, who’s still in her 20s, offers a more diabolical vision: A native Cuban, Mora uses the juxtaposition of iron and flesh to meditate on the meaning of freedoms; in one, she skillfully turns a piece of sculpted metal into the shadow of a raven’s head. Though Mora’s images sometimes verge on the pretentious, it’s likely that this first Washington exhibition won’t be her last. The works are on view from noon to 6 p.m. (see City List for other dates) at Fraser Gallery, 1054 31st St. NW. Free. (202) 298-6450. (Louis Jacobson)

Louis Jacobson

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