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School & Library Binding
Albert Whitman & Co
From Publishers Weekly
From its dynamic title and eerie cover image to its clear-eyed prose, Wolf's study of five photographers and their medium is a model of understated originality. Deftly juggling biography, technique, social history and interpretation, the author, a curator at the Art Institute of Chicago and herself a photographer, punctuates her engrossing commentary with stunning examples of Julia Margaret Cameron's (1815-1879) Pre-Raphaelite portraits, Margaret Bourke-White's (1904-1971) muscular news photos, Flor Gardu?o's (b. 1957) lyrical Latin America, Lorna Simpson's (b. 1960) philosophical constructs, and Sandy Skoglund's (b. 1946) surreal scenarios. As each woman's journey to self-discovery is traced in lively and often moving detail (Cameron freed the chickens before converting a chicken house into a studio; Bourke-White bravely battled Parkinson's disease), the photographs materialize on the pages like triumphant visions. Art appreciation of this calibre should not be missed by interested readers of either sex. Ages 9-up.
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From School Library Journal
Grade 6 Up-Wolf looks at five women who have made unique, artistic contributions to the field of photography. A brief biographical sketch is accompanied by a portrait of the artist and a half dozen photos representative of her work. In the 19th century, Julia Margaret Cameron developed the Pictorialist photographic style by which she sought to express the emotion of her subject rather than simply replicating its image. Margaret Bourke-White gained renown for her compelling pictures of industry... read more