Flor Garduño

FOCUS: Five Women Photographers

Focus: Five Women Photographers

Product details: 63 pages

Publisher: Albert Whitman & Co (September 1994)

Language: English, French, German

ISBN-10: ISBN-10: 0-8075-2531-6

ISBN-13: ISBN-13: 978-0-8075-2531-9

Product dimensions: 0.2 x 10.8 x 9.8 inches

FOCUS: Five Women Photographers

From its dynamic title and eerie cover image to its clear-eyed prose, Wolf's study of five photographers and their medium is a model of understated originality. Deftly juggling biography, technique, social history and interpretation, the author, a curator at the Art Institute of Chicago and herself a photographer, punctuates her engrossing commentary with stunning examples of Julia Margaret Cameron's (1815-1879) Pre-Raphaelite portraits, Margaret Bourke-White's (1904-1971) muscular news photos, Flor Garduño's (b. 1957) lyrical Latin America, Lorna Simpson's (b. 1960) philosophical constructs, and Sandy Skoglund's (b. 1946) surreal scenarios. As each woman's journey to self-discovery is traced in lively and often moving detail (Cameron freed the chickens before converting a chicken house into a studio; Bourke-White bravely battled Parkinson's disease), the photographs materialize on the pages like triumphant visions. Art appreciation of this calibre should not be missed by interested readers of either sex.