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WOMEN, WORKERS AND RACE IN LIFE MAGAZINE: HANSEL MIETH'S REFORM PHOTOJOURNALISM, 1934-1955. Dolores Flamiano. Ashgate Publishing, Farnham/Burlington, 2016. 300 pp. with 48 ills. 24 x 16 cm. LC 2015-26582 ISBN 9781472456304 In English.
Publisher's description: The tension between social reform photography and photojournalism is examined through this study of the life and work of German emigre Hansel Mieth (1909-1998), who made an unlikely journey from migrant farm worker to Life photographer. She was the second woman in that role, after Margaret Bourke-White. Unlike her colleagues, Mieth was a working-class reformer with a deep disdain for Life's conservatism and commercialism. In fact, her work often subverted Life's typical representations of women, workers, and minorities. Some of her most compelling photo essays used skillful visual storytelling to offer fresh views on controversial topics: birth control, vivisection, labor unions, and Japanese American internment during the Second World War. Her dual role as reformer and photojournalist made her a desirable commodity at Life in the late 1930s and early 40s, but this role became untenable in Cold War America, when her career was cut short. Today Mieth's life and photographs stand as compelling reminders of the vital yet overlooked role of immigrant women in twentieth-century photojournalism.
Artist(s):Mieth, Hansel
Indexing: Western, Europe — Germany, United States — 1900-1945, Post-1945 — Photography — Women Artists
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 170988
Hardcover $149.95    

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