What Does a Female Athlete Look Like?

Game Face is a multiplatform photographic celebration of sports and physical daring in the lives of girls and women that reached millions of Americans through an exhibition that debuted at the Smithsonian Institution’s Arts and Industries Building and traveled to 16 arts and cultural venues in major American cities.

Presenting images by more than a hundred noted American photographers, Game Face shows the tremendous impact sports and play have daily on the lives of girls and women. Each picture offers a unique answer to the question at the heart of Game Face: What do girls and women look like, freed from traditional feminine constraints, using their bodies in joyful and empowering ways? 

The 2,500-square foot exhibition was also presented at the University of Utah during the 2002 Winter Olympics. Other venues included The Women’s Museum in Dallas, the Springfield (MA) Museum of Fine Arts, The Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami, The Fisher Gallery at The University of Southern California in Los Angeles, The Chicago Historical Society, and The Courtyard Gallery at the World Financial Center in New York City.


    The pictures collected here chronicle the history of women’s changing role not only in sports but in all professions. The photos are encouraging and inspiring, but most of all, they are true. They are a testament to the fact that the final story of women and sports is yet to unfold, because women athletes are getting smarter. They are getting tougher. They are getting better at playing their games because the fears, phobias, and stigmas that once hindered them are disappearing. And men are becoming more open to accepting women as teammates on and off the playing field.
    — Penny Marshall, actress, director, and producer

    With exclusive national support from MassMutual Financial Group, including Oppenheimer Funds Inc., the project also produced:

    • a Random House book reprinted multiple times
    • innovative research on executive women
    • a Girl Scouts Game Face Patch Program
    • a unique education program for middle-school students
    • multiple versions of the touring show that met the needs of informal venues, outdoor venues, sports venues and smaller venues
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    Game Face Photographers

     
    • Ansel Adams
    • William Albert Allard
    • Tina Barney
    • Geoffrey Biddle
    • Nathan Bilow
    • Kenneth Bizzigotti
    • Arlene Blum
    • David Brauchi
    • Raymond L. Brecheisen
    • David Brewster
    • Karen Bucher
    • Robert Bukaty
    • David Burnett
    • Pete Burnight
    • Cristiana Ceppas
    • Etta Clark
    • Catherine Cobb
    • Mark Cohen
    • Francis L. Cooper
    • Ralph Crane
    • Paul D’Amato
    • Penny De Los Santos
    • Richard Drew
    • Tony Duffy
    • Melissa Farlow
    • Larry Fink
    • Susie Fitzhugh
    • Nancy Floyd
    • Eve Fowler
    • Ruth Fremson
    • Mary Frey
    • Lee Friedlander
    • Karen Fuchs
    • Bob Galbraith
    • Mark Gallup
    • Julian Gonzalez
    • Arlene Gottfried
    • Brad Graverson
    • Judy Griesedieck
    • Charles Harbutt
    • June Harrison
    • Cheryl Hatch
    • Cary Herz
    • Abigail Heyman
    • John Huet
    • Walter Iooss, Jr.
    • Julie Meinich Jacobsen
    • Jeff Jacobson
    • Kenneth Jarecke
    • Lynn Johnson
    • Frances Benjamin Johnston
    • Karen Kasmauski
    • Heinz Kluetmeier
    • Justine Kurland
    • Lisa Kyle
    • Dorothea Lange
    • Eileen Langsley
    • Brian Lanker
    • Chang W. Lee
    • Annie Leibovitz
    • Mark Lennihan
    • Michel Lipchitz
    • Jerry Lodriguss
    • Norman Y. Lono
    • Barry Mano
    • Robert Mapplethorpe
    • Stephen Marc
    • Mary Ellen Mark
    • Joyce Marshall
    • Andrea Modica
    • Peter Moriarty
    • Barbara Norfleet
    • Ruth Orkin
    • Christine Osinski
    • Bill Owens
    • Greg Peters
    • David Peterson
    • Bill Phelps
    • Sylvia Plachy
    • Michael Probst
    • Susan Ragan
    • Anacleto Rapping
    • Charles Rehm
    • Gaspano Ricca
    • Patricia D. Richards
    • Rick Rickman
    • Walter Rosenblum
    • Sheron Rupp
    • Jeffery Allan Salter
    • Larry Salzman
    • Amy Sancetta
    • April Saul
    • Al Schaben
    • Richard D. Schmidt
    • Andi Faryl Schreiber
    • Barbel Scianghetti
    • Art Shay
    • Victoria Sheridan
    • Barton Silverman
    • Meri Simon
    • Steven G. Smith
    • George Tiedemann
    • John Freeman Todd
    • Nancianne Vizzini
    • G. H. Welch
    • Annie Wells
    • Angela West
    • Gerald Williams
    • Geoff Winningham
    • Dan Winters
    • Lui Kit Wong
    • Carl Yarbrough