Against the Odds: Women Pioneers in the First Hundred Years of Photography

Against the Odds: Women Pioneers in the First Hundred Years of Photography

by Martin W. Sandler

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Overview

The history of photography, and women's role within that history, remains incomplete-despite the fact that the medium was invented more than 150 years ago. Pulitzer Prize nominee Martin Sandler's Against the Odds: Women Pioneers in the First Hundred Years of Photography, with its carefully balanced commentary on women who have been lost in the historical record as well as those who have received their due, makes a vital contribution to the literature on women photographers. It remains an extraordinary fact in the history of art that women participated so fully in the development and proliferation of the photographic medium. This volume surveys over thirty groundbreaking women who were able to negotiate the conventional boundaries of their time in order to forge successful careers and build distinguished bodies of work. Organized thematically, this volume attends to various genres which were developing in the first 100 years after photography's invention. Eight chapters-including one on portraiture (one of the earliest popular uses of photography); landscape; and photojournalism, to name a few-attend to the hardships they overcame and the considerable impact these women made in the world of photography. The book concludes with a consideration of extraordinary work which was experimental and innovative, work which explored the nature of photography itself-a medium based on light.

The volume includes work by Dorothea Lange, who poignantly documented the hardships of Depression-era sharecroppers and Berenice Abbott, who is best known for her evocative shots of New York City. Margaret Bourke-White's considerable influence is detailed as the photo-journalist who set the standard for press images through her work at Life magazine. Lesser known figures-who were well-known in their time-such as early portraitists Catherine Barnes Ward and Frances Benjamin Johnston, captured turn-of-the century African-American daily life and as such contribute considerably to our understanding of our American past. We also see the work of Toni Frissell, a World War II photographer who authored the print that became Winston Churchill's official portrait. A substantive and substantial complement to a history fragmented for far too long, Against the Odds recommends itself to those interested in the extraordinary accomplishments of women in the single most important technological advance of the nineteenth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780847823048
Publisher: Rizzoli
Publication date: 04/06/2002
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 10.82(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.93(d)

About the Author

Martin W. Sandler has written more than seventy books for children and adults and has written and produced seven television series. He has twice been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and has won multiple Emmy Awards. He lives in Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsviii
Prefaceix
1.Beginnings2
2.Portraiture30
3.Photography as Art48
4.The Documentary Eye70
5.Photographing the Native Americans98
6.Landscape and Nature114
7.For the Printed Page140
8.Experimentation/Innovation168
Bibliography182
Index184
Photo credits188

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