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Women, workers, and race in Life magazine

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The tension between social reform photography and photojournalism is examined through this study of the life and work of German migr Hansel Mieth (1909-1998), who made an unlikely journey from migrant farm worker to Life photographer. She was the second woman in that role, after Margaret Bourke-White. Unlike her colleagues, Mieth was a working-class reformer with a deep disdain for Life's conservatism and commercialism. In fact, her work often subverted Life's typical representations of women, workers, and minorities. Some of her most compelling photo essays used skillful visual storytelling to offer fresh views on controversial topics: birth control, vivisection, labor unions, and Japanese American internment during the Second World War. Her dual role as reformer and photojournalist made her a desirable commodity at Life in the late 1930s and early 40s, but this role became untenable in Cold War America, when her career was cut short. Today Mieth's life and photographs stand as compelling reminders of the vital yet overlooked role of immigrant women in twentieth-century photojournalism. Women, Workers, and Race in LIFE Magazine draws upon a rich array of primary sources, including Mieth's unpublished memoir, oral histories, and labor archives. The book seeks to unravel and understand the multi-layered, often contested stories of the photographer's life and work. It will be of interest to scholars of photography history, women's studies, visual culture, and media history.
This book is in as new condition with an unclipped dustjacket and tight binding suggesting it is unread.
Copyright 2016.

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Author(s):
Dolores Flamiano
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Dimensions:
16.4 x 24.1 x 2.3 cm
Edition:
2016
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
1472456300
ISBN-13:
9781472456304
Number of pages:
288
Publisher:
Ashgate
Title:
Women, workers, and race in Life magazine

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The tension between social reform photography and photojournalism is examined through this study of the life and work of German migr Hansel Mieth (1909-1998), who made an unlikely journey from migrant farm worker to Life photographer. She was the second woman in that role, after Margaret Bourke-White. Unlike her colleagues, Mieth was a working-class reformer with a deep disdain for Life's conservatism and commercialism. In fact, her work often subverted Life's typical representations of women, workers, and minorities. Some of her most compelling photo essays used skillful visual storytelling to offer fresh views on controversial topics: birth control, vivisection, labor unions, and Japanese American internment during the Second World War. Her dual role as reformer and photojournalist made her a desirable commodity at Life in the late 1930s and early 40s, but this role became untenable in Cold War America, when her career was cut short. Today Mieth's life and photographs stand as compelling reminders of the vital yet overlooked role of immigrant women in twentieth-century photojournalism. Women, Workers, and Race in LIFE Magazine draws upon a rich array of primary sources, including Mieth's unpublished memoir, oral histories, and labor archives. The book seeks to unravel and understand the multi-layered, often contested stories of the photographer's life and work. It will be of interest to scholars of photography history, women's studies, visual culture, and media history.
This book is in as new condition with an unclipped dustjacket and tight binding suggesting it is unread.
Copyright 2016.

Added value:
dustjacket
Author(s):
Dolores Flamiano
Condition:
As new
Dimensions:
16.4 x 24.1 x 2.3 cm
Edition:
2016
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
1472456300
ISBN-13:
9781472456304
Number of pages:
288
Publisher:
Ashgate
Title:
Women, workers, and race in Life magazine

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