The Positive Image: Women Photographers in Turn-of-the-Century America (SUNY Series in the New Cultural History)

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The Positive Image tells the largely untold story of women photographers in turn of the century America. Women like Gertrude Käsebier, Frances Benjamin Johnston, Alice Austen, Catherine Weed Ward, and Eva Watson-Schütze 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.

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

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$14.95. photog Gover faults recent photohistories for their failure to assess women photographers within their cultural contexts. Her study, which suggests that at the turn of the century photography enabled women to keep one foot in their traditional domestic environment while stepping out into society in new ways, discusses both amateurs and well-known professionals. Because it focuses on the social and cultural currents at the time, the study ultimately contributes more to women's and American studies than to our aesthetic understanding of these photographers. The 38 photographs effectively illustrate Gover's thesis, but unfortunately are rather flatly printed. Ann Copeland, Drew Univ. Lib., Madison, N.J.
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