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Photography – A Feminist History
Emma Lewis

Photography - A Feminist History Emma Lewis

Photography - A Feminist History Emma LewisPhotography – A Feminist History
Emma Lewis
Octopus Publishing


256 pages
298 x 232 mm
ISBN 9781781578049


This feminist retelling of the history of photography puts women in the picture—and, more importantly, behind the camera. In ten thematic, chronological sections, Tate Modern curator Emma Lewis explores the vital role women artists have played in shaping the ever-evolving medium of photography. Lewis has compiled work from more than 200 different women and non-binary photographers along with short essays on 75 different artists, many informed by her interviews with the subjects. From the studio portraiture of the late nineteenth century to the photojournalism of Dorothea Lange and Lee Miller in the early twentieth—and from second-wave feminist critiques of gender roles to contemporary selfies and social media personae—this volume examines different genres, styles, and approaches to photography from the 1800s to the present.

About the Author
Emma Lewis is an Assistant Curator at Tate Modern in London, where she has organized photographic acquisitions, curated collection displays – including ‘Italian Modernist Photography’ (2014) and ‘Otto Steinert’ (2015) – and delivered the major monographic exhibition ‘Wolfgang Tillmans: 2017’. Prior to joining the Tate, she managed the archive of late photographer Terence Donovan and spent three years in the Department of Photographs at Phillips auction house. She contributes to Photomonitor and Tate ETC. and has written catalogue essays for a number of artists and photographers.

About the Publisher
Ilex, part of the Octopus Publishing Group, is dedicated to books on creativity in all its forms – from practical art and photography to popular culture, from cutting-edge technology to the ideas behind art and design. Working with a team of expert authors, designers and photographers, Ilex has earned an international reputation as the go-to publisher for creative people.

The company was formed in January 2000 as a collaborative venture between the directors of The Ivy Press and Alastair Campbell (not that one), and was acquired by the Octopus Publishing Group in December 2014. The ilex imprint is used throughout the world in the English language, and ilex is equally at home publishing under our own brand or co-publishing in the North American market. In North America, our books are published by publishers such as Focal Press, The Reader’s Digest, Chronicle Books, Abrams, Harper Collins, Watson Guptill, St Martin’s Press, Pixiq, Running Press, and O’Reilly. Our books have been translated into many languages – the current record for a single title is 22 – including French, German, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Polish, Russian, Chinese, Korean, and many more.

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