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Against the odds : women pioneers in the first hundred years of photography
Sandler, Martin W.
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New York : Rizzoli, 2002.
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188 pages : illustrations ; 23 x 28 cm
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The work of over 30 groundbreaking 19th and 20th century American women photographers including Dorothea Lange, Lotte Jacobi, Margaret Bourke-White, Catherine Barnes Ward, Frances Benjamin Johnston. Until now, women's critical role in the early years of American photography's history has been largely ignored.

Author Notes

Martin W. Sandler is the author of Lincoln Through the Lens and The Dust Bowl Through the Lens. He has won five Emmy Awards for his writing for television and is the author of more than sixty books, two of which have been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Among Sandler's other books are the six volumes in his award-winning Library of Congress American History Series for Young People, a series which has sold more than 500,000 copies. Other books by Mr. Sandler include: Island of Hope: The Story of Ellis Island, Trapped in Ice, The Story of American Photography, The Vaqueros, America: A Celebration, and This Was America.

Martin Sandler has taught American history and American studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and at Smith College. In 2014 his title, Imprisoned: The Betrayal of Japanese Americans during World War II, made The New York Times Best Seller List.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

Until recently, many photohistorians have overlooked women photographers and their important contributions to the early years of the medium. Pulitzer Prize nominee Sandler (American Image: Photographing 150 Years in the Life of a Nation) here balances this uneven history, reexamining the established literature to show that, from the beginning, women have been actively shaping the history of this art form. Similar history books exist, the most popular being Naomi Rosenblum's A History of Women Photographers. But where Rosenblum's comprehensive tome takes a chronological approach to the study of women in photography, Sandler concentrates on American photography and the historical movements within the medium. He includes chapters on portraiture, photography as art, the documentary eye, and landscape and nature. Included are nearly 175 illustrations by well-known artists such as Berenice Abbott, Imogen Cunningham, and Margaret Bourke-White. Sandler also introduces several lesser-known women artists who have made equally strong contributions to American photography. Highly recommended for all collections. Shauna Frischkorn, Millersville Univ., PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. viii
Prefacep. ix
1. Beginningsp. 2
2. Portraiturep. 30
3. Photography as Artp. 48
4. The Documentary Eyep. 70
5. Photographing the Native Americansp. 98
6. Landscape and Naturep. 114
7. For the Printed Pagep. 140
8. Experimentation/Innovationp. 168
Bibliographyp. 182
Indexp. 184
Photo creditsp. 188