“But I thought it was always a man under that hood behind the camera!”
— Signora D-, Verona, Italy, 2017
That’s a real comment I got from a longtime acquaintance when I explained that my current project is about early women artisan photographers before 1930. It was too good not to share. Thanks, Signora D—!
The woman in the photo is the great photographer Gertrude Käsebier; look for her to be profiled in future episodes on the podcast. The photo was taken by a woman named Frances Benjamin Johnston. Johnston was also an accomplished photographer in her own right — she’ll be profiled on the podcast at some point as well. If I can’t squeeze her into season one, then she’ll show up in season two. As I always like to say, stay tuned…