A Female Focus : Great Women Photographers, provides a rich history of celebrated and less renowned women who have opened the lens on their view of the world.
Author Margot F. Horwitz, drawing upon personal interviews with Dorothy Norman, Mary Ellen Mark, and Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, also gives an inside look at contemporary women photographers at work.
While most early female photographers helped their families run portrait businesses, by the end of the 19th century, women began earning their livings as photojournalists, portrait photographers and evern artists.
In the 20th century, Frances Benjamin Johnston and Catharine Barnes Ward blazed the trail for later photojournalists, including Dorothea Lange, Margaret Bourke-White, and Eve Arnold.
The pictorialist photographs of Gertrude Kasebier, the modernist experimentation of Imogen Cunningham and the remarkable work of Diane Arbus and Annie Leibovitz revealed the depth and range of artistic expression by women photographers.
A Female Focus brings the work of these photographers, among others, to life.