Margaret Bourke-White, Fort Peck Dam (Inaugural issue cover), 1936 © Time Inc./Courtesy of LIFE Picture Collection

Starting on June 28, the New-York Historical Society will present a selection of images by six prominent women photographers whose iconic work for LIFE magazine helped create modern photojournalism, depicting a quickly-evolving world. On view through October 6, 2019, in the Joyce B. Cowin Women’s History Gallery, the exhibition features more than 70 images by Margaret Bourke-White, Marie Hansen, Martha Holmes, Lisa Larsen, Nina Leen, and Hansel Mieth, who were among the few women photographers employed by LIFE between the late 1930s and the early 1970s. How were these women part of a larger editorial vision? What topics did they cover, and how did their work reflect—and sometimes expand—the mission of the magazine? The exhibit reveals these photographers’ important roles in creating modern photojournalism and defining what LIFE editor-in-chief Henry Luce called the “American Century.”