When a Form Is Given Its Room to Play

‘A World of Its Own,’ Examining Photography, at MoMA.

Something old, something new, nothing borrowed and not enough color. A variation on the venerable bridal dress code pretty much sums up the Museum of Modern Art’s latest foray into its photography collection, “A World of Its Own: Photographic Practices in the Studio.” In turn, the title of this fabulous yet irritating survey offers its own variation — on the name of Virginia Woolf’s famous essay about female independence, “A Room of One’s Own” — but the show itself, which opens on Saturday, dazzles but often seems slow and repetitive.

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