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Ruth Bernhard: Between Art and Life

Margaretta K. Mitchell  
Ruth Bernhard

From the Publisher
Ruth Bernhard: Between Art & Life is the first biography of this charismatic woman who kept her personal promise to infuse her art with life, and live her life through art." "At a time when women were rarely acknowledged in photography, Ruth carved out her own trademark style. With such zest for life and art, she has often ignored society's conventions related to age or gender. This individuality combined with great wisdom has attracted generations of devoted students. For over forty years Ruth has enjoyed a distinguished career as a revered workshop teacher and lecturer. Even into her nineties, her sparkling personality has not diminished. Ruth Bernhard: between Art & Life shares this beloved artist's recipe for a long and creative life.

Foreword 6
Introduction 9
My Life 21
Coming of Age 49
Giving My Heart to Photography 63
San Francisco 91
Teaching 119
Voices 138
Afterword 152
Selected Lectures and Accolades 153
Acknowledgments 154
Selected Exhibitions 155
Beloved Edward/Darling Ruth 156
Index 158

Format: Hardcover, 172pp.
ISBN: 0811821919
Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
Pub. Date: September  2000
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Also recommended: Ruth Bernhard: The Eternal Body
Format: Hardcover, 70pp.
ISBN: 0961651512
Publisher: Photography West Graphics, Incorporated
Pub. Date: January  1986
Edition Desc: 1st ed
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Mary Ellen Mark: An American Odyssey, 1963-1999 Photographs by Mary Ellen Mark Poem by Maya Angelou

SYNOPSIS "Mark works in a classic documentary mode: her work imprints itself on viewers in the way that only great photography can." ŃHarpers Bazaar

Recently voted by the readers of American Photography as their favorite woman photographer of all time, Mary Ellen Mark has made some of America's most iconic photographs. She is unsurpassed at shaping both the odd and the everyday into genuinely surprising photographs that subtly yet powerfully challenge our preconceptions or intensify our convictions. Mary Ellen Mark's poetic and at times disquieting photographs form a fascinating portrait of a complex, amusing, and occasionally unsettling country and its people.

150 tritone images
152 Pages
12.375" X 10.5"
ISBN: 0-89381-880-1

Twins Photographs and interviews by Mary Ellen Mark

Mary Ellen Mark, In Twins, her fourteenth publication, Mark turns her acute eye and her heart to the extraordinary bond that exists between these very special siblings.

80 tritone images
96 Pages
13" X 10.5"
ISBN: 1-931788-19-7


US and Them

Alice Springs and husband Helmut Newton, a private look into their lives as a couple, professional and personal, photographing each other and at the same time a glance at the celebrity images that helped make them famous. Although Helmut's career has been domiate, Alice, a warm sensitive person has an artist approach to her imagery. The combination and success of their lives together and images is a fine testimate in this wonderful collection of images.

(personal note: I personally had the opportunity to meet both Alice and Helmut. I worked with Helmut who chose me for the segment of his documentary "Frames from the Edge" A segment featuing Helmut doing Self-portraiats at my studio Valentino Place, Los Angeles, 1986, produced by RM Arts. An image from the documentary is also included in this very personal look into their lives Us and Them. An extroadinary and special experience, jean ferro)

* Hardcover: 192 pages ;
Dimensions (in inches): 0.87 x 10.88 x 9.39
* Publisher: Scalo Verlag Ac; (June 1999)
* ISBN: 3908247101


Format: Hardcover, 1st ed., 224pp.
ISBN: 0821221701
Publisher: Bulfinch Press
Pub. Date: October  1999

As director of the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego

Historically, many artists have established a symbiotic relationship with their favorite model, and some have taken it a step further and married their models (or made models of their wives). In The Model Wife, Arthur Ollman explores the relationship between nine of the most talented and influential photographers of the past century, including Edward Weston, Alfred Stieglitz, and Lee Friedlander, and their model-spouses.

From the Publisher
With provocative photographs by some of the best-known photographers of the past century, The Model Wife is a striking and original book about the place where marriage and photography converge.. "Friends, lovers, confidantes, collaborators - the multifaceted relationship between husband and wife takes on another dimension when the couple are also artist and muse. In The Model Wife, Arthur Ollman explores the imagery and photographic history of nine twentieth-century photographers who portrayed their wives over a period of years. He delves into issues of marriage itself and the powerful influences that such a partnership can have on artistic production. Comparisons between the couples and the resulting photographs enrich this discussion.

:Baron Adolph de Meyer and Baroness Olga de Meyer Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O'Keeffe Edward Weston and Charis Weston Harry Callahan and Eleanor Callahan Emmet Gowin and Edith Gowin Lee Friedlander and Maria Friedlander Nicholas Nixon and Bebe Nixon Masahisa Fukase and Yoko Fukase Seiichi Furuya and Christine Gossler

You will see a fairly good representation of images with their wives as subject by nine important photographers (150 in black and white and 5 in color). These photographs show an intriguing progression of perception and relationship over time that you can and should judge for yourself. In almost all cases, the images cover at least a decade (and often more) so the time-lapse element of the relationship is strong.

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In Real Life: Six Women Photographers

Leslie Sills  
Cindy Sherman
Lola Alvarez Bravo

Format: Hardcover, 1st ed., 80pp.
ISBN: 0823414981
Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
Pub. Date: September  2000
sales rank: 100,476

From School Library Journal  
Gr 6 Up-A celebration of the diverse careers and artistic styles of six photographers whose work spans nearly a century. Veterans Dorothea Lange, Imogen Cunningham, and Lola Alvarez Bravo are featured along with relative newcomers Elsa Dorfman, Carrie Mae Weems, and Cindy Sherman. In an upbeat voice, Sills traces the women's early lives and the events that propelled them to explore the world with a camera in hand, often breaking down ethnic and gender barriers in the process. While she does justice to the biographical details of her subjects, her discussions of their individual techniques suffer because there are too few photographs. The chapter on Lange, for example, has only nine photographs, and while five of them depict her evocative portraits of Dust Bowl refugees, they fail to reveal the breadth of her talent. Chapters on Bravo and Weems include just six representative works of each artist. However, an excellent bibliography and list of Web sites will point readers to sources containing additional visual elements.-William McLoughlin, Brookside School, Worthington, OH Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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Early Work of Cindy Sherman 

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This volume contains two early photographic series—"Bus Riders" and "Murder Mystery People"—by Cindy Sherman, shot in 1976, soon after she graduated from art school. It is accompanied by a CD of found sound-based music by The Glove Compartment, aka Gian Carlo Feleppa.

Format: Hardcover, 40pp.
ISBN: 0965402037
Publisher: Glenn Horowitz Bookseller
Pub. Date: May  2001

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Cindy Sherman: Retrospective

Amanda Cruz
Elizabeth Smith

Sherman made her name as a photographer with a sequence of self-portraits
in the form of movie stills, and since then she has remained one of the most influential of contemporary artists. This is a well-illustrated catalog to a major retrospective of her work that has been co-organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. 210 color illustrations

Lenders to the Exhibition
Movies, Monstrosities, and Masks: Twenty Years of Cindy Sherman 1
The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters 19
Tracing the Subject with Cindy Sherman 33
Plates 55
Checklist of the Exhibition 197
Artist's Biography 201
Selected Bibliography 208
Acknowledgments 218

Format: Paperback, 2nd ed., 220pp.
ISBN: 050027987X
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Pub. Date: August 2000

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Annie Leibovitz - WOMEN

Susan Sontag
Annie Leibovitz (Photographer)

Women, award-winning photographer Annie Leibovitz celebrates the rich and varied roles women play in society at the dawn of the new millennium. Here are the celebrity photos -- Jodie Foster, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Elizabeth Taylor -- for which Leibovitz is perhaps best known, but they stand alongside stunning depictions of less famous women -- an astronaut, a rancher, a dancer, an architect -- whose contributions to the world we live in are no less valuable for being less celebrated. Susan Sontag contributes an insightful and thought-provoking essay.

A book of photographs; a book about women; a very American project: generous, ardent, inventive, open-ended. It's for us to decide what to make of these pictures. After all, a photograph is not an opinion. Or is it?


Format: Paperback, 256pp.
ISBN: 0375756469
Publisher: Random House, Incorporated
Pub. Date: October  2000
Edition Desc: REPRINT
sales rank: 18,954

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Florence Henri, Artist-Photographer of the Avant-Garde: 
Artist Photographs of the Avant-garde

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art 
Florence Henri

Format: Paperback, 158pp.
ISBN: 0918471176
Publisher: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Pub. Date: January  1992

Florence Henri (1893-1982) was born in the United States but spent most of her life in France, where she was closely associated with major figures of European modernism. Initially a student of painting at Fernand Léger and Amdée Ozenfant's Académie Moderne in Paris, she quickly became a gifted participant in the most advanced art movements of the time -- late Cubism,
Purism, and Constructivism. In 1928, having spent a semester at the Bauhaus in Dessau, she turned to the camera and moved swiftly from the avant-garde of one art form to the avant-garde of another. For a heady ten years before the interruption of World War II, Henri created an extraordinary body of work--still lifes, abstract compositions, advertising photographs, and photomontages--that contributed to the development of geometric abstract art and of modern photography in France. Florence Henri: Artist-Photographer of the Avant-garde is the first extensive treatment of Henri's work published in the English language. This richly illustrated monograph offers a concentrated examination of the artist in the context of her time, focusing on the remarkably productive period between the world wars when she realized her most avant-garde efforts.

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Our Mothers: Portraits by 72 Women Photographers

Viviane Esders

Format: Hardcover, 160pp.
ISBN: 1556704429
Publisher: Stewart, Tabori & Chang, Inc.
Pub. Date: March  1996

Description from The Reader's Catalog
Portraits of their mothers and themselves by, among others, Annie Leibovitz, Mary Ellen Mark, Inge Morath, Elizabeth Lennard, and Gisele Freund.

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Our Mothers is a remarkable collection of portraits and essays by women photographers of different generations, cultures, and races. Paris gallery owner and editor, Viviane Esders, offered each photographer the opportunity to fill a double page spread with words and pictures describing her mother. All of the participants presented Esders with a unique artistic capsule that illustrates the indestructible bond between mother and daughter. Some provided their own portraits, others submitted a beloved family photograph &3151 often of a beautiful young woman before she became a mother — and a few created a work of art to best symbolize their perception of mother. These seventy-two personal statements illuminate the magical, often mystical, sometimes emotional, but always fascinating relationships between mothers and daughters. And the international quality of these portraits reinforces the universality of such relationships.

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The Witch of Kodakery: The Photography of Myra Albert Wiggins, 1869-1956

Carole Glauber  
Myra Albert Wiggins

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The Witch of Kodakery is the ground-breaking biography of Myra Albert Wiggins, the successful early 20th-century Oregon photographic artist with connections to Alfred Stieglitz and the Photo-Secession. Myra Wiggins (1869-1956) embodied the ideal of the "new woman" - independent, energetic, and ambitious - as depicted by the Eastman Kodak Company's "Kodak Girl" and promoted as "The Witchery of Kodakery." In Witch of Kodakery, biographer Carole Glauber resurrects Wiggins' pioneering role with a provocative text and fine examples of the artist's work, particularly from Wiggins' most prolific years, 1889 to the early 1910s. Also included is a foreword by Terry Toedtemeier, curator of photography at the Portland Art Museum.

Format: Hardcover, 152pp.
ISBN: 0874221498
Publisher: Washington State University Press
Pub. Date: July  1997

Reframings: New American Feminist Photographies

Diane Neumaier (Editor)  
Foreword by Anne Wilkes Tucker

Format: Paperback, 336pp.
ISBN: 1566393329
Publisher: Temple University Press
Pub. Date: August  1998

This "is a collection of contemporary, photo-based artworks and critical essays that examines feminist perspectives on the politics of visual representation and its impact on women's lives... {Themes include} gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, and age. The book is divided into eight... chapters that combine artworks and essays by known and unknown artists." (Choice)

From the Publisher
Concern about how women are represented, despite varied and often conflicting conceptions of feminism, is the underlying force in this collection. Eight critical essays grounded in feminist analysis explore the different issues that arise in these artists' visual representations, including social space, family life, child care, work, food, romance, sexuality, advertising, and consumer culture. They are feminist critics looking at feminist art, an act Diane Neumaier argues happens all too rarely as feminist critics have in the past busied themselves with critiquing dominant culture. Together these artworks and essays explore the dynamics of visual images and ideology, including expressions and interpretations of autobiographical photographic projects, self-representation of women's bodies, conflicting identities, and the relationship between photographer and

From Library Journal  
Some of the 45 women artists presented here are well known (e.g., Nan Goldin, Susan Meiselas, Anne Noggle, Cindy Sherman, and Carrie Mac Weems)

These photographers attempt to "reframe" women in positions of power and authority or to present images that aim to shock us into confronting the reality of women's roles in society. While the quality of the writing and reproductions is uneven, this book would be a valuable addition to collections of contemporary photography or women's studies.Kathleen Collins, New York Transit Museum Archives, Brooklyn

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Pioneer Photographers of the Far West
A Biographical Dictionary, 1840-1865
Peter E. Palmquist and Thomas R. Kailbourn
Foreword by Martha A. Sandweiss

"A rare example of a readable and even entertaining reference book... here are tales of family drama and stories of business squabbles, accounts of the first women to pursue photography in the Far West, and the story of the first Chinese person to make pictures in San Francisco... A book which sets new standards for research and becomes an instant bible for anyone working in the fields of western American history or the history of photography."

"Distinguished by its imaginative breadth, its copious scholarship and its entertaining literary style, Pioneer Photographers of the Far West becomes the standard that future biographical compendia and photographic history books will aspire to match." From the Foreword by Martha A. Sandweiss

This extraordinarily comprehensive, well-documented, biographical dictionary of some 1,500 photographers (and workers engaged in photographically related pursuits) active in western North America before 1865 is enriched by some 250 illustrations, many of them previously unpublished.

Stanford University Press

pp. 704 ¾¾250 illustrations
cloth isbn: 0-8047-3883-1 ¾¾$125.00

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Parents at Last: Celebrating Adoption and the New Pathways to Parenthood
Cynthia V. N. Peck and Wendy Wilkinson, Photographs by Helen Kolikow Garber

For some, parenthood comes easily; for others, the path to parenthood is long and paved with challenges, not only physical but emotional and financial as well. In words and photographs, Parents at Last celebrates 32 couples and individuals who perservered in their quest to become parents, often in the face of formidable odds.

Hardcover: 50 b/w photographs
160 pages 11" x 8 3/4"
Clarkson N. Potter, Inc. ISBN 0-609-60290-X

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No Easy Walk, Newark, 1980-1993
Text and photographs by Helen M. Stummer

The book depicts the suburbanites journey into the ghetto, records what she has experienced and celebrates the human spirit.

"No Easy Walk is enormously moving. Carol and her neighbors come vividly to life. The author nicely avoids the customary condescension of too many visitors in poor communities and infuses Newark's Central Ward with all the mixture of sorrow and courage that its residents display...Carol emerges as a woman of tremendous strength and dignity. I hope the book is widely read." - Jonathan Kozol.

Along with meaningful and compassionate photographs, Stummer has provided a brief history of Newark, highlighting its early strengths and clearly itemizing the steps along its decay.

Temple University Press
Philadelphia, 1994
140 pp 16x7
Softcover ISBN 1-566 39-242-x
Hardcover ISBN 1-566 39-243-8

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A History of Women Photographers by Naomi Rosenblum

Here is yet another publication that strives to rescue from oblivion the neglected achievements of women in the visual arts. Juxtaposing the past 155 years of photographic history with events from women's social history, Rosenblum (A World History of Photography, LJ 2/1/85) documents women's contributions to the technological, artistic, and experimental development of photography. Her feminist narrative explores women's creativity both as a means of self-expression and as a lucrative profession. The 36 color plates, along with over 200 black-and-white illustrations, include fine examples of portraiture, advertising, and photojournalism. The last section contains valuable thumbnail biographies of approximately 240 female photographers-from the obscure to the famous-whose illustrations appear in the text. An ambitious bibliography makes this a prime tool and stimulus for researchers. Highly recommended for photography, women's studies, and young adult collections. -- From Library Journal Joan Levin, MLS

Hardcover, 2nd ed., 400pp.
ISBN: 0789206587
Abbeville Press, Incorporated
August 2000

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