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Black and white portrait of Luisa Teish looking knowingly at the camera. She wears a patterned scarf tied around her head, and a matching shirt.

Photo Credit: Ellen Warner - Luisa Teish, Shamen, San Francisco, California

Ellen Warner | The Second Half: Forty Women Reveal Life After Fifty

On View September 30 - October 29, 2022

Artist Talk, Book Signing, and Opening Reception with Ellen Warner: September 29, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Over the course of 15 years, Ellen Warner interviewed and photographed women from different cultures about life after age 50 from an author and translator in Connecticut to a sacred healer in Indonesia, a doctor in Saudi Arabia, a retired cook in Antigua, and the first French woman TV anchor.

The Second Half presents Warner’s analog black and white photographs accompanied by excerpts of the women’s interviews. Intimate and frank, Warner’s portraits reflect the aesthetics, traditions, and landscapes of their subjects’ environments —gnarled apple trees, bookshelves, gilded mirrors, stucco city blocks — and the histories they hold. Spanning decades and cultures, Warner’s portraits and interviews celebrate the wisdom, resiliency, and joy of women in their second half of life. 

The exhibition is presented by the Women's Studies Research Center at Brandeis, with co-sponsorship by the Brandeis University Press. 


Ellen Warner began her career as a photojournalist in 1969 and has photographed all over the world since then, except for fifteen years when her children were young. In 1997 she started writing travel articles to accompany her photographs. Warner’s travel articles have been published in The New York Times, Travel and Leisure, and The Traveller. Over the years Warner also developed a specialty in author portraits and has worked for most publishing houses in New York and London. Since 2006, she has worked on “The Second Half.”

The Second Half: Forty Women Reveal Life After Fifty (Brandeis University Press, 2022) explores, in photographic portraits and interviews, how the second half of life is experienced by women from many different cultures. From a French actress to a British novelist, from an Algerian nomad to a Saudi Arabian doctor, and an American politician, Ellen Warner traveled all over the world to interview women about their lives. She asked them what they learned in the first half that was helpful in the second, and what advice they would give to younger women.

Copies of The Second Half: Forty Women Reveal Life After Fifty will be available for purchase at the opening reception on Thursday, September 29. 

Post-Bac PopUp Art Show with Brandeis Department of Fine Arts and the Brandeis Women's Studies Research Center

Exhibition Dates: November 30 - January 20, 2022

Monday - Thursday 10:00am-3:00pm

Kniznick Gallery
Women's Studies Research Center
515 South Street
Waltham, MA 02453

View artwork and creative expressions of individual thought by Brandeis post-baccalaureates focusing on their practice and craft.