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Women Photographers: Pioneers (Photofile)

Clara Bouveresse

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A compact survey of pioneering women photographers at the dawn of the medium


When women began working as photographers in the second half of the 19th century, the rules of the medium had not yet been codified and experimentation was the order of the day. As early as the 1870s, Julia Margaret Cameron was a pioneer of the use of soft focus in her depictions of figures from Arthurian legend. Some women opened their own studios, like Ellen Auerbach and Grete Stern, who were innovative figures in the flourishing field of advertising. Others were obliged to work anonymously or under pseudonyms. As the 20th century dawned, women embraced genres ranging from documentary realism to surrealist photomanipulation, fearlessly exploring the boundaries of photographic possibility.


'Features dozens of striking images'
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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 19.0 x 12.5 cm

Extent: 144 pp

Publication date: 13 August 2020

ISBN: 9780500411155

Contents List

Introduction by Clara Bouveresse • The Photographers: ABBOTT, Berenice • ALBIN, Guillot Laure • ARNDT, Gertrud • ASTFALCK-VIETZ, Marta • ATKINS, Anna • AUERBACH, Ellen • AUSTEN, Alice • BEESE, Lotte • BEN-YÚSUF, Zaïda • BENJAMIN JOHNSTON, Frances • BESNYÖ, Eva • BIERMANN, Aenne • BOUGHTON, Alice • BOURKE-WHITE, Margaret • BRANDT, Marianne • BRESLAUER, Marianne • BRIGMAN, Anne • CAHUN, Claude • CAMERON, Julia Margaret • CASTIGLIONE, Virginia de • CONTENT, Marjorie • CUNNINGHAM, Imogen • DIEZ-DÜHRKOOP, Minya • DILLWYN, Mary • EDIS, Olive • FEHR, Gertude • FLEISCHMANN, Trude • GILPIN, Laura • GRSCHEBINA, Liselotte • HANSCOM, Adelaide • HAWARDEN, Lady Clementina • HENRI, Florence • JACOBI, Lotte • JOHNSON, Belle • KALLIN-FISCHER, Grit • KALLMUS, Dora (Madame d’Ora) • KÁLMÁN, KATA • KÄSEBIER, Gertrude • KRETSCHMER, Anneliese • KRULL, Germaine • LANDAU, Ergy • LANGE, Dorothea • LEX-NERLINGER, Alice • MAAR, Dora • MADAME Yevonde • MATHER, Margrethe • MAYNARD, Hannah • MODOTTI, Tina • MOHOLY, Lucia • MYERS, Eveleen • NOSKOWIAK, Sonya • RICHARDS, Wynn • ROGI, André (Rosa KLEIN) • RUDOLPH, Charlotte • SIPPRELL, Clara E. • SPOLARICH, Olga • TARBOX BEALS, Jessie • TUDOR-HART, Edith • WELTY, Eudora • WULZ, Wanda • YVA (NEULÄNDER-SIMON, Else Ernestine)

About the Author

Clara Bouveresse is a lecturer at Université d’Evry Val d’Essonne and a photography specialist and curator. She co-organized the exhibition 'Magnum Manifesto' at the International Center of Photography, New York, in 2017, and edited the accompanying book, which was published by Thames & Hudson.