Eight Girls Taking Pictures

Eight Girls Taking Pictures

A Novel

Book - 2012
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A sweeping tale inspired by the lives of famous 20th-century female photographers traces the progression of feminisms and photography in various world regions as each woman explores private and public goals while balancing the demands of family and creativity.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2012
ISBN: 9781451682694
1451682697
Branch Call Number: 813/.6
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Characteristics: vi, 342 pages : photographs ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: 8 girls taking pictures

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mrsgail5756 Nov 30, 2013

The book was okay – but not one of my favorites.

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sfsarah
Nov 06, 2013

I am crazy about this book! Such beautiful stories, just enough fact to be intriguing but finctional stories of women across continents and eras, all lazily looped together by their love of being photographers against all odds. Characters and snatches of poetry migrate between the novellas in the book, it was just such a delightful construct, I didn't want it to end! Where do I give it 5 stars?

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EmilyEm
Apr 19, 2013

The lives of eight women who pursued the art of photography during the Twentieth Century are examined?in fictional form although based on real lives. The women all must marry the expectations of domestic life with their art. And, in their musing and what they accomplish reflect much that professional women aspired to and questioned in those times.

Otto has given readers a wonderful window into the lives and times of these ground-breaking photographers. And, for those of us who came of age at some of those times, she gives us a chance to think on those ?what if? questions we had once more.

LaughingOne Dec 06, 2012

I loved reading this novel! Even though it is fiction, it is based on parts of the lives of these female photographers: Imogen Cunningham, Madam Yevonde, Tina Modotti, Lee Miller, Grete Stern, and Ruth Orkin. The book is divided into eight sections, one for each of the girls. It covers a period of time from the early 1910s to the late 1980s. As time passes, some of the women (girls) make reference to some of the others who went before them, so there are connections among them. The interweaving is well done.
Not only did this book tell the stories of these eight women becoming interested in and learning photography, it also told the history of the time and place of each woman. The places included Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, New York City, Italy, Mexico City, London, Spain, France, Paris, Germany, Berlin, Argentina, and others.

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westiebook
Sep 10, 2012

What does this "summary" have to do with the novel, "Eight Girls Taking Pictures"?!!! Please take it down and give it its proper story summary!

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