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The Positive Image
Women Photographers in Turn-of-the-Century America
The Positive Image
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C. Jane Gover - Author
SUNY Series in the New Cultural History
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Hardcover - 191 pages
Release Date: February 1988
ISBN10: 0-88706-533-3
ISBN13: 978-0-88706-533-0

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Paperback - 191 pages
Release Date: January 1988
ISBN10: 0-88706-535-X
ISBN13: 978-0-88706-535-4

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Summary

The Positive Image tells the largely untold story of women photographers in turn of the century America. Women like Gertrude Kasebier, Frances Benjamin Johnston, Alice Austen, Catherine Weed Ward, and Eva Watson-Schutze were among thousands of women who as professional and amateur photographers sought personal, artistic, and professional fulfillment while still connected to the traditional domestic environment.

These women created a positive experience for themselves in photography through an identifiable female network of women photographers, through membership in camera clubs, and in many cases, through their association with photography great Alfred Stieglitz. Theirs became an alliance between women, art, culture, and technology in a time of intense social change in the United States.

"The author combines insights from recent work in women's history and in the history of photography to develop a group portrait of a hitherto neglected group of women. The book makes an important contribution to understanding the way in which women adapted modern technology to expand their options as well as the ways they used aspects of women's culture to shape modernism to their own uses. The author nicely places these women photographers within the context of the developing profession of photography, as well as within their family and domestic cultures." -- Joyce Antler, Brandeis University

C. Jane Gover teaches American History at Adelphi and Hofstra Universities.


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