Camera Work: Women in Photography

Camera Work: Women in Photography

This week saw the passing of an iconic photographer, Mary Ellen Mark. I decided to post a tribute to her but in doing a bit of research, I came up with a link connecting to stories about women in photography over the past century, so it seemed appropriate to extend this post to female photographers.

Mary Ellen Mark was one of those photographers that kept showing up in publications over the years as I became more involved in photography, and as time went on, it became obvious that photography certainly wasn’t just a man’s game, combat photography not withstanding! There was an intimacy associated with her work, and it didn’t take long for me to realize that this sense of intimacy, particularly photographing women was different than those photographs done by men. I began paying attention to their work, eventually seeking out great images done by women photographers and their stories.

When this link shows up, you will see a film strip of the notable women pursuing camera work. The very first one, Julia Margaret Cameron, not only got my attention but did so with a photo of an actress from her times; Ellen Terry.,_by_Julia_Margaret_Cameron.jpg

Something about that photo, something about how Julia moved in close to catch a moment of intimacy, considering the equipment of those days, haunted me. It still does. So much so that when my second daughter was born, the only name which recurred in my mind was Ellen, which became her name.

I’m having a hard time deciding an image for this blog, so I’m leaving it blank. One of Ms Mark’s is an obvious choice, but issues of copyright appears, and I hesitate to go there. Anything else seems confusing.

I encourage readers of this blog to pursue this further by clicking on any of the photos in the film strip link:

It will take you to more than one source of information and images of their work.

It’s a gold mine.

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