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Blogging from A to Z Challenge: Z is for…Annie Leibovitz (#AtoZChallenge)

Welcome to my April 2020 Great and Powerful Blogging from A to Z Challenge!

So, we are coming full circle, in a way, ending as it began, with someone most everyone will know.  Annie Leibovitz (see what I did there…z…) (1949-) is “a celebrated American photographer best known for her engaging and dramatic celebrity portraits. Adept at capturing her subject’s personality and inner life, her images reflect intimate or staged moments that reveal the playful and expressive aspects of her sitters” (http://www.artnet.com/artists/annie-leibovitz/)

I absolutely love Leibovitz’s photography.  Sometimes intimate, sometimes stark, sometimes playful, sometimes bizarre.  If you don’t know it, I am sure you will find something about it that draws you in.

There are LOTS of resources out there on Annie Leibovitz beyond what I’ve included here, so go off and search for more!

Thanks for coming to visit my A to Z posts this year.  Not as in depth as I was at first anticipating they would be, but I am SO glad I did them and made it through considering what April brought me at work.  And I learned a lot about women in photography I didn’t know before too.

Resources:

Annie Leibovitz at Wikipedia

Annie Leibovitz at ArtNet

Annie Leibovitz on the shots that made her

Annie Leibovitz at Vanity Fair

Thanks for visiting my 2020 A to Z Challenge – Letter Z.  You can find links to more blogs participating in this challenge at A to Z 2020 Challenge Master List (Google Docs).

Blogging from A to Z Challenge: Y is for…Zaida Ben-Yusuf (#AtoZChallenge)

Welcome to my April 2020 Great and Powerful Blogging from A to Z Challenge!

Zaida Ben-Yusuf (1869-1933) was a American photographer.  She was “noted for her artistic portraits of wealthy, fashionable, and famous Americans during the turn of the 19th–20th century. ” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zaida_Ben-Yusuf)  “Although Ben-Yusuf’s unusual background and stylish appearance undoubtedly attracted attention in New York, it was her innovative camera work that drew many of the city’s most high-profile residents to her studio: actors, writers, painters, sculptors, politicians and other notables.”  (https://web.archive.org/web/20100724060754/http://www.america.gov/st/arts-english/2008/May/20080429174122GLnesnoM0.9014856.html)

Not a lot out there about her, but please explore the few links I was able to fine.  And, yes, you might have thought I could have used Zaida Ben-Yusuf for “Z”, but no…you will just have to wait until tomorrow to see who pops up there!

Self-portrait of American photographer Zaida Ben-Yusuf

Resources:

Zaida Ben-Yusuf at Wikipedia

Zaida Ben-Yusuf

New Exhibition Resurrects Legacy of Groundbreaking Photographer

Thanks for visiting my 2020 A to Z Challenge – Letter Y.  You can find links to more blogs participating in this challenge at A to Z 2020 Challenge Master List (Google Docs).

Blogging from A to Z Challenge: X is for…Jessie Tarbox Beals (#AtoZChallenge)

Welcome to my April 2020 Great and Powerful Blogging from A to Z Challenge!

Jessie Tarbox Beals  (1870-1942) was a American photographer (although she was born in Canada), and is known as “the first published female photojournalist in the United States and the first female night photographer.  She is best known for her freelance news photographs, particularly of the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, and portraits of places such as Bohemian Greenwich Village.  Her trademarks were her self-described “ability to hustle” and her tenacity in overcoming gender barriers in her profession.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jessie_Tarbox_Beals)

Yes, this is where I fudge it – but there is an “X” there!   Being a photojournalist, and a woman, in the early 1900s had to have been very challenging.  “Photojournalism was physically demanding, often risky work, but Beals could be seen carrying out assignments in her ankle-length dresses and large hats, with her 8-by-10-inch glass plate camera and 50 pounds of equipment in tow.”  (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jessie_Tarbox_Beals)  Now, here are a couple of images from this trailblazer, in the public domain.

Jessie Tarbox Beals

Olympic Marathon participants, Len Tau (left) and Jan Mashiani of the Tswana tribe of South Africa

Resources:

Jessie Tarbox Beals at Wikipedia

Jessie Tarbox Beals at the Library of Congress

Jessie Tarbox Beals at Britannica

Jessie Tarbox Beals at the Howard Greenberg Gallery

Jessie Tarbox Beals at the New York Historical Society Museum and Library

Thanks for visiting my 2020 A to Z Challenge – Letter X.  You can find links to more blogs participating in this challenge at A to Z 2020 Challenge Master List (Google Docs).

Blogging from A to Z Challenge: W is for…Margaret Watkins (#AtoZChallenge)

Welcome to my April 2020 Great and Powerful Blogging from A to Z Challenge!

Margaret Watkins (1884–1969) was a Canadian photographer who was “a photographer of portraits and landscapes, still lifes, street scenes and works of early advertising and commercial designs. ” (https://www.gallery.ca/collection/artist/margaret-watkins).  “She lived a life of rebellion, rejection of tradition, and individual heroism; she never married, she was a successful career woman in a time when women stayed at home, and she exhibited eroticism and feminism in her art and writing.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Watkins)

I love the photos I have seen of hers – her most famous image is The Kitchen Sink, literally just that.  Reminds you that anything is fair game in photography – which is great, given that for the past month or two, photography at home has become all the rage!  And now, here are a couple of her works in the public domain:

The Kitchen Sink

Margaret Watkins, self portrait

Resources:

Margaret Watkins at Wikipedia

Margaret Watkins at the National Gallery of Canada

The Kitchen Sink by Margaret Watkins

Seduced by Modernity: The Photography of Margaret Watkins

Margaret Watkins at ArtNet

Thanks for visiting my 2020 A to Z Challenge – Letter W.  You can find links to more blogs participating in this challenge at A to Z 2020 Challenge Master List (Google Docs).

Blogging from A to Z Challenge: V is for…Homai Vyarawalla (#AtoZChallenge)

Welcome to my April 2020 Great and Powerful Blogging from A to Z Challenge!

Homai Vyarawalla (1913-2012) was India’s first female photojournalist.  She “broke social barriers as her country’s first female professional photographer, capturing black-and-white images that examined India’s history from its struggle for independence from Britain in the 1940s until her abrupt retirement in 1970 soon after the death of her husband (Maneckshaw Vyarawalla).”  (https://www.britannica.com/biography/Homai-Vyarawalla)

Her photos range from intimate portraits to sweeping views of pivotal events.   There are many, many sites for you to explore – the resources I present here are only a handful, so I encourage you to look for more.

Here is one of her photos in the public domain:

Nehru releasing a dove as a sign of peace at a public function at the National Stadium in New Delhi.

Resources:

Homai Vyarawalla at Wikipedia

Homai Vyarawalla at Britannica

Homai Vyarawalla: A Portrait of a Groundbreaking Photographer

Homai Vyarawalla: The trailblazer who became India’s first woman photojournalist

Remembering Homai Vyarawalla, self-taught firebrand photographer who made her own rules

Thanks for visiting my 2020 A to Z Challenge – Letter V.  You can find links to more blogs participating in this challenge at A to Z 2020 Challenge Master List (Google Docs).

Blogging from A to Z Challenge: U is for…Doris Ulmann (#AtoZChallenge)

Welcome to my April 2020 Great and Powerful Blogging from A to Z Challenge!

Doris Ulmann (1882-1934) “was an American photographer, best known for her portraits of the people of Appalachia, particularly craftsmen and musicians, made between 1928 and 1934.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doris_Ulmann)

Most of her work is portraits, as noted, honest images of real people.   And because she lived and died so long ago, once again I can bring you some of her images, in the public domain.

Doris Ulmann, public domain

Southern Mountaineer

Grandmother and small child sit for relaxation in 19th century USA

Resources:

Doris Ulmann at Wikipedia

Doris Ulmann at ICP

Doris Ulmann at the Library of Congress

Doris Ulmann at the J. Paul Getty Museum

Doris Ulmann at ArtNet

Thanks for visiting my 2020 A to Z Challenge – Letter U.  You can find links to more blogs participating in this challenge at A to Z 2020 Challenge Master List (Google Docs).

Blogging from A to Z Challenge: T is for…Gerda Taro (#AtoZChallenge)

Welcome to my April 2020 Great and Powerful Blogging from A to Z Challenge!

Gerda Taro (1910-1937) was a German-Jewish war photographer who is known as the first female photo journalist to die in the field, covering the front lines in WWII.  ““One of the world’s first and greatest war photographers,” writes Giles Trent at The Guardian, Taro “died while photographing a chaotic retreat after the Battle of Brunete, shortly after Franco’s troops had one a major victory,” just days away from her 27th birthday. ”  (http://www.openculture.com/2019/06/meet-gerda-taro-the-first-female-photojournalist-to-die-on-the-front-lines.html)

Not surprisingly, given the subjects, her photos are stark, brutal, and honest.  I haven’t had a chance to read all that I found online about her, but look forward to going back when I have time.  Now, here are some images, in the public domain, for you:

Republican soldiers in June 1937. during the Spanish Civil War.

A 1937 image by Ms. Taro of Republican soldiers at the Navacerrada Pass in Spain.

Gerda Taro, anon.  (Public Domain)

Resources:

Gerda Taro at Wikipedia

Gerda Taro at the International Centre of Photography

Gerda Taro: The First Woman War Photographer to Die in the Field

Meet Gerda Taro, the First Female Photojournalist to Die on the Front Lines

Gerda Taro: The forgotten photojournalist killed in action

Thanks for visiting my 2020 A to Z Challenge – Letter T.  You can find links to more blogs participating in this challenge at A to Z 2020 Challenge Master List (Google Docs).

Blogging from A to Z Challenge: S is for…Cindy Sherman (#AtoZChallenge)

Welcome to my April 2020 Great and Powerful Blogging from A to Z Challenge!

Cindy Sherman (1954- ) is an American photographer  “Whose work consists exclusively of photographic self-portraits, depicting herself in many different contexts and as various imagined characters. ” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cindy_Sherman)  “For four decades, Cindy Sherman has probed the construction of identity, playing with the visual and cultural codes of art, celebrity, gender, and photography. ” (https://www.moma.org/artists/5392)

I’ve heard of Sherman before in a photography class, and her work is very compelling – self portraits, but all of her as other people.  Check out a large catalogue of her works at the MoMa.

I must apologize for not writing more, and for not composing more of my own thoughts, for any of these posts.  Normally flying by the seat of my pants works for me, but apparently not in a pandemic when I work for an eLearning area of a college whose entire roster of courses is suddenly moving online.  But, I’m here, and I really hope you are enjoying the work of the photographers I am presenting!

Resources:

Cindy Sherman at Wikipedia

Cindy Sherman at MoMA

Cindy Sherman at the Broad

Cindy Sherman: ‘Why am I in these photos?’

Cindy Sherman: Me, myself and I

Thanks for visiting my 2020 A to Z Challenge – Letter S.  You can find links to more blogs participating in this challenge at A to Z 2020 Challenge Master List (Google Docs).

Blogging from A to Z Challenge: R is for…Akasha Rabut (#AtoZChallenge)

Welcome to my April 2020 Great and Powerful Blogging from A to Z Challenge!

Akasha Rabut is a young American photographer, in her words “and educator based in New Orleans. My work explores multi-cultural phenomena and tradition rooted in the American South. I also founded Creative Council, a mentoring program for young people in New Orleans pursuing careers in the arts. My photographs have appeared in museums and galleries around the world. My first book Death Magick Abundance will be released on March 24, 2020. I have a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute.” (http://www.akasharabut.com/contact)

Boy, do I LOVE her photography.  It’s vibrant, full of life, telling amazing (sometimes funny, sometimes sad) stories.  You have to check her out!!

Resources:

Akasha Rabut

Photographer Akasha Rabut embraces New Orleans’ elusive subcultures

Akasha Rabut on Instagram

Akasha Rabut’s series on New Orleans parade culture reveals a strong and courageous community

Thanks for visiting my 2020 A to Z Challenge – Letter R.  You can find links to more blogs participating in this challenge at A to Z 2020 Challenge Master List (Google Docs).

Blogging from A to Z Challenge: Q is for…Jill Quigley (#AtoZChallenge)

Welcome to my April 2020 Great and Powerful Blogging from A to Z Challenge!

Jill Quigley (1981- ) is a contemporary Irish photographer whose “recent work has been concerned with the representation of rural Irish life and landscape and disrupting traditional approaches and narratives to this subject. ” (https://www.belfastexposed.org/exhibitions/jill-quigley/).    She also takes lots of cool pictures of abandoned buildings, which I definitely can relate to!  Well, the taking pictures of abandoned buildings part, maybe not the cool pictures part…

These are the moments I wish we weren’t in the middle of a pandemic, not so much because I could walk down to the local art gallery and see Quigley’s work, but that I could walk down to one of the local galleries and see ANYONE’S work.

Resources:

Jill Quigley at the British journal of Photography

Jill Quigley

Jill Quigley at Lens Culture

Jill Quigley, Belfast Exposed

Thanks for visiting my 2020 A to Z Challenge – Letter Q  You can find links to more blogs participating in this challenge at A to Z 2020 Challenge Master List (Google Docs).

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