Thursday, April 30, 2020
The participation of women in photography goes back to the very origins of the process. Several of the earliest women photographers, most of whom were from Britain or France, were married to male pioneers or had close relationships with their families. It was above all in northern Europe that women first entered the business of photography, opening studios in Denmark, France, Germany, and Sweden from the 1840s, while it was in Britain that women from well-to-do families developed photography as an art in the late 1850s. Not until the 1890s did the first studios run by women open in New York City.
In the United States, women first photographed as amateurs, several producing fine work which they were able to exhibit at key exhibitions. They not only produced portraits of celebrities and Native Americans but also took landscapes, especially from the beginning of the 20th century. The involvement of women in photojournalism also had its beginnings in the early 1900s but slowly picked up during World War I.
Shown is an amazing portrait-photo collection of pioneering female photographers in the Victorian era.
Introduced in 1935 as the first modern color film, Kodachrome was used extensively after World War II by amateur photographers equipped with the new high-quality and low cost 35mm cameras. Americans in Kodachrome 1945-1965 is an unprecedented portrayal of the daily life of the people during these formative years of modern American culture. It is comprised of ninety-five exceptional color photographs made by over ninety unknown American photographers.
These photographs were chosen from many thousands of slides in hundreds of collections. Like folk art in other mediums, this work is characterized by its frankness, honesty, and vigor. Made as memoirs of family and friends, the photographs reveal a free-spirited, intuitive approach, and possess a clarity and unpretentiousness characteristic of this unheralded photographic folk art.
Cowboy Kid, St. Cloud, Minnesota, 1955
Pink Barbie, Richwood, West Virginia, 1965
Wedding Musicians, New Milford, Connecticut, 1956
Mother with Green Ford, Pocasset, Massachusetts, 1957
Lambcake, Glasgow, Montana, 1954
Children with Gun, Ruel, Indiana, 1953
Jerry and His '57 Chevy, Kansas City, Kansas, 1962
Girls Eating Watermelon, Russellville, Kentucky, 1953
Blue Prom Dress, Hamilton, Massachusetts, 1961
Easter Sunday, Louisville, Kentucky, 1962
Dancing in the Kitchen, Preston, Connecticut, 1955
Dakota Couple, Rapid City, South Dakota, 1953
Corn and Piglet, Princeton, Illinois, 1951
Golden Girl, Henderson County, North Carolina, 1962
Blue Convertible, Muskogee, Oklahoma, 1963
Beauty Contestants, Kapiolani Park, Honolulu, Hawaii,1958
Swimmers, Alexandria, South Dakota, 1948
Seventh Wedding Anniversary, Hermosa, South Dakota, 1952
Fire Island, New York, 1959
Bride with Bridesmaids, Des Plaines, Illinois, 1954
Nana and Beba, Brooklyn, New York, 1949
Mom with Chiffon Cake, Portsmouth, Ohio, 1950
Four Ladies at Tea. Grand Forks, North Dakota, 1955