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*****Winner of the Independent Publishers' (IPPY) Book of the Year (Women's Issues)***** Women in Shadow and Light is about forty women—ages nineteen to ninety-five—who found the courage to triumph over trauma. Photographs combine with text to portray the essence of each woman’s journey from the violence of sexual and physical abuse to transformation and healing. Jan Goff-LaFontaine’s original photography exhibit, called Out of the Shadows, started in rural Door County, Wisconsin, but eventually led her to subjects across the nation as she sought to complete this book. Each woman helped create her own portrait as a personal symbol of healing, often focusing on one aspect of her body she felt was most affected in the healing process. Goff-LaFontaine says, "The women in this book offered me a precious gift: the opportunity to be a part of their healing. Each of these women has moved far beyond the role of victim to see in herself the strength and beauty that was always there. They are recreating themselves, and they implore society to take a closer look, to see what the meaning of beauty truly is." It is a book about reclaiming joy, not dwelling in the role of victim.
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There are those who feel that photographing women—some who have been sexually abused—in the nude is somehow exploitive; that nakedness equals sex, and therefore creates more, rather than less, shame. Goff-LaFontaine disagrees: "To begin with, the history of Art is filled with female nudes, arguably the most beautiful of all forms. Because they have been abused, these women have lost their sense of personal beauty. Often they dress in dowdy clothes to hide themselves from the world. I worked with each woman to create a sensitive fine art photograph that shows her re-emergence into her self-worth. This is not exploitation, it is a celebration of beauty and empowerment for these women." This is no "bruises and broken bones" book about victimization; it is focused on reclaiming joy and learning to love their bodies again after abuse.About the Author:
Jan Goff-LaFontaine is a photographer and author whose ongoing work is dedicated to bringing awareness and healing through art. Her photos have been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States and are included in many private and public collections. Jan’s work with Vietnam veterans was released as a book entitled Reflections: Between the Lines in 2000. Her current work, Out of the Shadows, is on a national tour through 2007, and was the genesis for Women in Shadow and Light. She is on the faculty of Peninsula Art School in Wisconsin, teaches privately from her home studio in California and continues to do freelance photography.
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Book Description Beagle Bay Inc, 2005. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0974961051