Storie, 2021

Maggie Shannon: Extreme Pain, but Also Extreme Joy

Contemporary Photography X Winner

February 10 – March 26, 2022

Artist Reception: Thursday, March 10, 2022, 6–8 PM EST

After Los Angeles went into lockdown in early March 2020, Maggie Shannon began following four midwives as they navigated entirely new protocols caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The midwives’ practices shifted to protect their patients, themselves, and their own families as they responded to calls from terrified women hoping to deliver safely in their own homes.

By photographing midwives, Shannon explores what it means to bear life in a time of sorrow and grief. The pandemic has disproportionately affected women, and this project illuminates some of the burdens women must bear. These stories of connection, care, and birth feel especially healing.

Maggie Shannon is a photographer specializing in portrait and documentary work. Hailing from Martha’s Vineyard, she received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts and is now based in Los Angeles, California with her husband and cat, Lester. Maggie was selected as a 2018 PDN emerging photographer and has been recognized as part of Magnum’s 30 under 30. She is a member of Women Photograph and her work has appeared in American Photography 35 and 36. Her first book, Swamp Yankee (2016), told the story of New England shark fishing.

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