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Seeing America: Women Photographers Between the Wars

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Winner of the Emily Toth Award given by the Women's Caucus of the Popular Culture Association for the year's best feminist study of popular culture Seeing America explores the camera work of five women who directed their visions toward influencing social policy and cultural theory. Taken together, they visually articulated the essential ideas occupying the American consciousness in the years between the world wars. Melissa McEuen examines the work of Doris Ulmann, who made portraits of celebrated artists in urban areas and lesser-known craftspeople in rural places; Dorothea Lange, who magnified human dignity in the midst of poverty and unemployment; Marion Post Wolcott, a steadfast believer in collective strength as the antidote to social ills and the best defense against future challenges; Margaret Bourke-White, who applied avant-garde advertising techniques in her exploration of the human condition; and Berenice Abbott, a devoted observer of the continuous motion and chaotic energy that characterized the modern cityscape. Combining feminist biography with analysis of visual texts, McEuen considers the various prisms though which each woman saw and revealed America. Their documentary photographs were the result of personal visions that had been formed by experiences and emotions as well as by careful calculations and technological processes. These photographers captured the astounding variety of occupations, values, and leisure activities that shaped the nation, and their photographs illuminate the intricate workings of American culture in the 1920s and 1930s.

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Seeing America explores the camera work of five women who directed their visions toward influencing social policy and cultural theory. Doris Ulmann made portraits of celebrated artists in urban areas and lesser-known craftspeople in rural places; Dorothea Lange magnified human dignity in the midst of poverty and unemployment; Marion Post Wolcott believed steadfastly in collective strength as the antidote to social ills and the best defense against future challenges; Margaret Bourke-White applied avant-garde advertising techniques in her exploration of the human condition; and Berenice Abbott captured the continuous motion and chaotic energy that characterized the modern cityscape. Combining feminist biography with analysis of visual texts, Melissa McEuen considers the various prisms though which each woman saw and revealed the intricate workings of American culture in the 1920s and 1930s.

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ISBN:
9780813190945
Author:
Mceuen, Melissa A.
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Author:
McEuen, Melissa A.
Subject:
History
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Photography-Anthologies and History
Publication Date:
20041131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
360
Dimensions:
8.74x6.46x.82 in. 1.20 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Seeing America explores the camera work of five women who directed their visions toward influencing social policy and cultural theory. Doris Ulmann made portraits of celebrated artists in urban areas and lesser-known craftspeople in rural places; Dorothea Lange magnified human dignity in the midst of poverty and unemployment; Marion Post Wolcott believed steadfastly in collective strength as the antidote to social ills and the best defense against future challenges; Margaret Bourke-White applied avant-garde advertising techniques in her exploration of the human condition; and Berenice Abbott captured the continuous motion and chaotic energy that characterized the modern cityscape. Combining feminist biography with analysis of visual texts, Melissa McEuen considers the various prisms though which each woman saw and revealed the intricate workings of American culture in the 1920s and 1930s.
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