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Photographs, Pistols & Parasols

By Lee McIntyre

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Description

It's 1860, you're a landscape photographer, and the dazzling sunlight is playing havoc with the photo you're trying to take. Without photography accessories shops around, you improvise and use your fashionable parasol as an improvised lens shade. Problem solved. ... It's 1895, you're an itinerant photographer travelling dangerous backroads alone. You're not worried, though: a man's hat hides that you're a woman and besides, you've always got your pistol at the ready. ...Those are but two of the many intrepid women who found success as professional artisan photographers, pursuing careers in photography shortly after it began in 1839. These women were successful entrepreneurs who ran thriving photography businesses and produced high-quality photos with the ever-changing technology, but unfortunately their accomplishments are too often marginalized or left out of the history books altogether. Join host Lee McIntyre twice a month as she introduces you to the captivating stories of talented women who started their professional photography careers between 1840-1930.

Customer Reviews

Lovely, rich detail

Like many great photographs, each episode captures the essence of a point in time and a central figure, in this case an early woman artisan photographer. Detailed research makes these podcast-portraits come alive.

Successful women photographers of yore

This podcast has opened my eyes to what a professional could achieve in the U.S. in the 19th century, even if that professional was a woman. The accounts are most engaging, as are the photographs, and the full transcripts of the podcasts and the extras on the accompanying website and Pinterest board are a plus.

Historically accurate and compelling production!

I am the photo archivist for the Special Collections Department of the Pikes Peak Library District in Colorado Springs. I worked with Lee during her visit to our archives. Her research techniques were meticulous, her scope comprehensive, and her documentation thorough. If she says it happened, you can count on it. These podcasts may be the best available source on early women photographers in existence. Highly recommended!!!

Photographs, Pistols & Parasols
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  • Category: History
  • Language: English

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