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Abbeville Press, Inc.
From Publishers Weekly
In this landmark volume, Rosenblum (A World History of Photography) examines sympathetically the achievements of women in photography since its invention in 1839, and highlights society's failure to give them appropriate recognition. One research obstacle the author encountered was the 19th-century practice of men taking credit for work done by women. Here is work from 250 female camera artists, from Julia Margaret Cameron (b. 1815) to Annie Leibovitz (b. 1949), who, despite strong cultural resistance, mastered everything from early wet-plate views and portraits to 35 millimeter photojournalism, often initiating aesthetic and commercial improvements. Her chronicle of women's part in each era's artistic movements and media transitions, plus capsule biographies with an in-depth bibliography and index, make this a seminal reference work. The author's choice of 263 photographs seems to favor the esoteric, bringing to light a largely unknown world in vivid originality and broad archival conception.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From Library Journal
Here is yet another publication that strives to rescue from oblivion the neglected achievements of women in the visual arts. Juxtaposing the past 155 years of photographic history with events from women's social history, Rosenblum (A World History of Photography, LJ 2/1/85) documents women's contributions to the technological, artistic, and experimental development of photography. Her feminist narrative explores women's creativity both as a means of self-expression and as a lucrative profession.... read more --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Women have made vital contributions to photography both as a profession and as an art form from the very beginning. In every aspect of the medium--portraiture, social and scientific documentation, advertising, photojournalism, personal expression--women have been highly visible creators. Yet their achievements have often been overlooked.
In A History of Women Photographers, Dr. Naomi Rosenblum--author of the standard reference A World History of Photography--documents the work of women photographers from Julia Margaret Cameron to Margaret Bourke-White, Tina Modotii, and Cindy Sherman. Her ground-breaking work provides an invitingly readable chronicle both of the women's creativity and of the challenging contexts within which they worked. Complementing the illuminating text and remarkable photographs are densely detailed biographies and an extensive annotated bibliography, all of which have made A History of Women Photographers an invaluable resource. For this new edition, eighteen images have been added, and the final three chapters, biographies, and bibliography have been updated and expanded.