Laura Coombs designs a book highlighting women's contribution to the photobook | It's Nice ThatA01, no. In Europe and North America, and later in parts of Central and South America and Asia, the evolution of the new technology across the 19th century coincided with feminist challenges to prevailing gender relations. From the s women of the upper and middle classes experimented with photography as a tool of documentation and a space of self-expression, while photographic studios employed working-class women to assist in a variety of tasks. As innovations such as the dry-plate process s and the Kodak camera streamlined photographic technology, women became professional operators and amateur hobbyists in escalating numbers. Unlike fine arts such as painting and sculpture, photography did not require extensive study in male-dominated academies, but could be learnt from readily available instruction manuals or a short apprenticeship in a professional studio.
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Skip navigation! Story from Photography. A selection of incredibly talented female photographers were tasked with choosing a piece of their professional work that makes them feel empowered. Between shots of a beaming bride and her sister, a Kenyan Maasai elder, the alluring Scottish landscape and Sir Ian McKellen no, really , the catalogue is as varied as it is striking. But it's the stories behind these pictures that'll really move you.
Anna Atkins comes first on our list because she is largely recognized as the first woman to take a photograph. She is also recognized as the first person to produce a book that used photography rather than illustrations. Following in the footsteps of her father, Atkins took an interest in botany from a very early age. Luckily, her father recognized this interest as a good thing and he encouraged her to pursue it. Atkins and her father were friendly with a man named William Henry Fox Talbot, the inventor of the first forms of photography, and this is most likely where her interest in photography came from. Her book, Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions, successfully gained the approval of her peers, and in doing so established photography as an acceptable medium for scientific illustration.
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How We See: Photobooks by Women is the photobook of photobooks. Designed by the New York-based graphic designer and art director Laura Coombs, the book features two hundred different photobooks by women, as well as annotated histories and essays around the subject. Including the works of internationally renowned photographers such as Nan Golden, Yto Barrada, Cindy Sherman, Fumiko Imano, Lucia Moholy and many more, the publication spans across time and space. When designing the book, Laura came across mounds of wonderful photography projects. We are volcanoes. When we women offer our experience as our truth, as human truth, all the maps change. Sign up to our newsletters for the latest creative news, projects and more delivered straight to your inbox.