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The Witch of Kodakery: The Photography of Myra Albert Wiggins, 1869-1956by Carole Glauber
Synopses & Reviews
Myra Wiggins, a successful early-twentieth century Oregon photographic artist and member of Alfred Stieglitz's elite Photo-Secession group, embodied the ideal of the "new woman"--independent, energetic, and ambitious--as depicted by the Eastman Kodak Company's "Kodak Girl." This biography includes her stunning photographs, reminiscent of the Old Dutch Masters, and insights into the Northwest art community at the dawn of the 1900s.
Book News Annotation:
Offers the first biography of Wiggins, an Oregon woman who was a member of Alfred Steglietz's early 20th-century Photo-Seccessionist movement advocating photography as a fine art. Drawing on both primary and secondary sources, the author presents a lucid analysis of Wiggins's award-winning career; Kodak's marketing of photography's magic to career-minded women (hence the "witchery of Kodakery"); and the West's fostering of such new roles for women. Published in conjunction with a 1997 exhibit at the Portland Art Museum, "Sisters of the Light; Oregon Photo-Secessionists," with an introduction by curator Terry Toedtemeier. Includes 70-plus b&w and color photos.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Includes bibliographical references (p. 132-133) and index.
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