DMH Spotlight - Diana Mara Henry 20th Century Photographer at UMass Amherst Back

Thank you to Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman, who drove up from NYC to add a heartfelt tribute!

See a detailed description of the display cases and Libel exhibit,here.

Gloria Steinem's special message for the occasion:

"Diana Mara Henry not only had the foresight, energy and caring to record a history that media at the time often thought unimportant, she also had an open heart and democratic spirit that caused her to record the people who were really there and working, not only those who might have been thought newsworthy at the time.Not only was she present with a camera, but with eyes that could see the many who might have been forgotten without her record. I'm very grateful to her. I think the future will be more and more grateful. Gloria Steinem"

Who came and why!

See Tara Branch's excellent review of the exhibit in The Collegian here


Photographs and video of the event are here!



This is a great time to look back with friends (like Patt Blue, who took the photo above of DMH with her Special Collection at UMass Amherst) and to say thank you for standing by me. Thank you to Rob Cox, Head of Special Collections and University archives, for his quick decision to take the collection; to Carol Connare, head of Development and Communications for making a beautiful film, and for her friendship; to Danielle Kovacs, Curator of Special Collections, for a beautiful exhibit - and more; to Kim Fill, for her kindness; to Kirstin Kay for her elegant poster- see below - and great installation photographs; to Gail Epps for making the first video in Carmel in 1990, and to the people in my photographs, from the bottom of my heart, the two dozen or so who came to the reception on September 25, 2016 and those who were there in spirit. Diana Mara Henry's new book, A Life in Photography, sold out at the event but Women on the Move is still available if you order it here, or via NY Foundation for the Arts if you would like your contribution to be tax-deductible...

Who's coming and why? Among the honored guests, the following people who were portrayed by Diana Mara Henry....

Judy Tallwing McCarthey, artist, in 1977 and in her art...

“I am very aware of what it means to be an ethnic minority, a divorced mother, a mature college student, and on a limited income. But I know, as we all do, that there can be a fuller life for all of us and our families. That is why I support the National Plan of Action and the Equal Rights Amendment.”

Delegate McCarthey, a 31-year-old Apache Indian, and the mother of six children, has plans for a new life for herself, too.

In the White House, 1978: Judy, Gloria and Judy's baby ERA.

Era McCArthey was born shortly after her mother returned home to Phoenix, Arizona from the Houston Conference, which she attended as a delegate even though she was having labor pains.“There are two reasons I named my baby girl Era,” explained Judy McCarthey. “ One is for our amendment since the ERA is the most important issue in our fight for true equality for all, and the second is because of the concept which arose out of the Houston Conference, the concept that it heralded the beginning of a new era for women.

(A New “Era”  A report on Era McCarthey from page 150 of

The Spirit of Houston: The First National Women’s Conference:

An Official report to the President, the congress and the People of the United States.)


"I now live in Baltimore, Md and am full time working on my art, since I retired from working in the domestic violence prevention field. E.R.A. now runs her own company in Trinidad Colorado, with her husband and children. She was the second of my family to graduate from college, me being the first :-). That whole time was a true awakening for me and has had a great impact on my life. Thank you for all you've done for women.

Judy T McCarthey" (9/29/12)


Melba Tolliver, photographed by Diana Mara Henry,in 1977 filing her story from the press room at the NY State Women's Meeting (and seen here in 2012 at the 35th Anniversary celebration of the First National Women's Conference and Diana Mara Henry's photographs as official photographer at both events)...

(Click on You Tube photo to see clip)


Ed Murphy, seen here as a McGovern delegate at the Democratic National Convention, Miami Beach, 1972,

whose friendship and inspiration have helped sustain Diana Mara Henry since she first interviewed him 1970....

and Clara McLaughlin, who with her daughter Rinetta were captured at the First National Women's Conference, will give remarks.

But wait! That's not all! Sylvia Ortiz, one of the three final bearers of the torch that was carried by running relay from Seneca Falls, site of the women's rights convention of 1948 chaired by Susan B. Anthony...


Julian Carl Levy, who was Diana Mara Henry's first photography teacher, at the Harvard Crimson, and the greatest photographer you've never heard of....


JCL                                                         and his test strip...

See a detailed description of the display cases and Libel exhibit,here.




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