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History of Women Photographers from 1880 -1920 – 6 sessions, Mondays from 1 – 2:30 pm EST -ONLINE

October 25, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

History of Women Photographers

Join us for a conversation with Carole Glauber on the History of Women Photographers, 1880-1920.

You will be introduced to many of the amazing early female American photographers and will discuss the role of women photographers during this period within the context of the social, cultural, and technological times.

Six 1.5 hour ONLINE sessions

Mondays from 1 – 2:30 pm EST  October 25th – Nov 29th 2021

Cost: Members: $250 Non-Members: $300


Course Syllabus:

Week1   Why study only women?


Who were the earliest women photographers?

1873: To retouch or not to retouch: “What a Retoucher Can [Say] on This Touchy Subject”

Culture, technology, and the social scene


Week 2   1880-1890

Women photographers: the professional and the amateur

“Work for Women in Photography,” 1883

Catherine Weed Barnes: “A Private Studio”

Culture, technology, social scene


Week 3 1890’s

The invention that changed photography around the world; (it was not a camera).

Clubs, competitions, and collaborations

The Ladies of the Chicago Camera Club

Culture, technology, social scene


Week 4 late 1890’s-early 1900’s

A 1901 writer: The woman who does not understand the use of the camera…is an exception,”

A mini-Renaissance

Camerists or photographers?

Pictorialism: Every picture tells a story. Photography as Art

Motherhood and the camera


Week 5   1900’s continues:

Portraits, nature, love and the New Woman

The Photo Secession and women.

Recording daily life: the first street photographers, aerial photography, photo-journalists, traveling alone with a camera.


Week 6  1910-1920

Myra Albert Wiggins: A Case Study

The Clarence White School and women photographers



Instructor: Carole Glauber

Carole Glauber

Carole Glauber is a photographer and photo-historian. Her photographs are internationally exhibited, and she has received  numerous awards, grants, and fellowships for her photographs and for her historical research. Glauber is the author of two books, Witch of Kodakery: The Photography of Myra Albert Wiggins 1869-1956, the biography of an early Oregon photographer/artist and Personal History, the culmination of photographing her sons for 30 years with a 1950’s Kodak Brownie Hawkeye camera. The Photo Review and Oregon Historical Society Quarterly have published her essays on 19th century photographers Anne Brigman, Isabel Bird Bishop, Lily White and Sarah Ladd.  She appeared in the Oregon Public Television program, “Oregon Experience: They River They Saw”, as a contributor on early women photographers. They can be accessed on her website: http://caroleglauber.com/ Carole is currently living and working in Israel.





October 25, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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