Behind the Camera:

(Left to right) Girl with Diploma, c. 1922-1931, Elise Forrest Harleston; The Manger, 1901, Gertrude Kasebier; The Rebel, 1896, Frances Benjamin Johnston

American Women Photographers Who Shaped How We See the World

HUDSON — The Hudson Area Library presents Behind the Camera: American Women Photographers Who Shaped How We See the World on Wednesday, October 13, at 6pm, with Maria Ausherman and Fontaine Dunn, who have prepared the presentation based on their newly published book with the same title. Seating is limited for this in-person program, so we encourage you to reserve a seat by emailing programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or calling 518-828-1792 x101. Masks and social distancing will be required for the safety of all participants.

This presentation will open doors to history, while opening eyes and hearts. In a culture that tends to leave out significant women in art’s history, here is a rich description of gifted women who brought photography forward both in technical skill and in artistic merit. Young people, young women in particular, will feel genuinely inspired to know of these focused, inspired, and inspiring photographers. Imagine learning of sixteen women, some of whom lived well into the twentieth century, who abandoned all customs of their day to bring this brand-new art form to the world!

Behind the Camera: American Women Photographers Who Shaped How We See the World, published this year, is a series of biographical portraits of 16 women whose work had great influence on the art of photography in the United States. From Gertrude Kasebeir, a portraitist born in 1852, to Carrie Mae Weems, who is still working today, and in 2014 was the first African American woman to have a retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum, this book is an introduction to women whose work has had a profound influence on the evolution of photography as an art form.

The Hudson Area Library is located at 51 North Fifth Street in Hudson, NY. The mission of the library is to enrich the quality of life by providing free and equal access to programs, services

and resources, and by creating opportunities for all members of our community to connect, create, learn and grow. To learn more about this program and other library offerings, visit hudsonarealibrary.org

Maria Ausherman is a teacher, and the author of Behind the Camera: American Women Photographers Who Shaped How We See the World as well as The Photographic Legacy of Frances Benjamin Johnston, soon to be reprinted as a paperback. She also is co-author with Patricia Jennings of Georgia O’Keeffe’s Hawaii.

Fontaine Dunn, illustrator of Behind the Camera: American Women Photographers Who Shaped How We See the World, is an artist and writer who has taught painting and drawing at Sarah Lawrence College, Princeton University, and Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. She is the recipient of both a Pollock-Krasner grant and a National Endowment for the Arts grant in drawing. In addition, she has been an instructor of English for speakers of other languages for the New York City Department of Education.

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