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img652How can we distinguish a photograph taken by a male photographer from one taken by a woman photographer? Or can we?

Are there certain topics photographed by women only? I have no clue!

So let me start with “sensitivity” an emotion said to be more prevalent in women, in this male dominant society according to some “experts“, than in males. Baloney! Have a look at all the Amazons around you waging “war on men” in the liberal press with a political agenda.

So, I can’t start to write this post there either. Better to go back to some history! Below is a quote from a woman photographer, the American Icon, Dorothea Lange (1895-1965), as it appears in the 1978 monograph by Milton Meltzer.

img651” You put your camera around your neck in the morning along with putting on your shoes, and there it is, an appendage of the body that shares your life with you. The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera”Dorothea Lange.

There was so much more to her views on photography, and, in my opinion, the above quote says most of it. Below is a YouTube video by the Getty Museum on Dorothea Lange’s Documentary Photographs.

She was one of the co-founders of the seminal Aperture Magazine.

img673In 398 pages, Milton Meltzer, a wonderful writer, creates an admirable view in the greatest detail of a hardworking woman photographer known to most of us through her striking images of the Depression Era.

Sensitivity and an acute realism, two important traits, reflected also in her personal environment photographed by Rondal Partridge here.

img671Lange’s work holds the most honorable place among American women photographers in her persevering views of the “other side of the American social contract“.