The View from here..Women Photographers and their

brilliance in communication, both verbal and photographic.

 This started out to be a few quotes for my niece Nora an amazing and talented Photographer herself, but it has morphed into an accolade, homage to all women photographers, citing some truly phenomenal ones. I have always admired their ability to put into action the old adage ” A good picture is worth a thousand words.” Having read their wise words and for years been enthralled by their ability to pull me  into the various worlds they photographed I was pleased to find (although I shouldn’t have been, women are known phenoms in the areas of multitasking and communication) such striking words,  from people I had only communicated visually with before.

So Nora Belle, I find in your wisdom, so like your Mother’s a true ability to recognize and communicate the truth. And I find you are in worthy company. What a brilliant choice for our Mary’s girl, because like these Women you also have that talent for well-chosen words also, and I love you dearly you rascal. Enjoy these brilliant quotes from your companions in the crime of enjoying your life and living it brilliantly. 

Margaret Bourke-White

Actor Martin Balsam with Margaret Bourke White and fellow photographer Alfred Eisenstadt.

1936 Taxi dancers “Life Magazine” first Photo Essay, by Margaret Bourke White. 

Margaret’s words;

“Saturate yourself with your subject and the camera will all but take you by the hand.”

“Work is something you can count on, a trusted lifelong friend who never deserts you.”

Now the incredible work of Dorothea Lange;

Migrant Mother 1936 by Dorothea Lange, and the image of a migrant child at 7am pulling the cotton collecing bag, these images bought home the reality of hard times and made possible reforms.

Dorothea’s words;

“One should really use a camera as though tomorrow you’d be stricken blind.”

“Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.”

And the most profound, “Pick a theme and work it to exhaustion–the subject must be something you truly love or hate.”

And finally the amazing Annie Leibovitz,

Annie’s words;

“If it makes you cry it goes in the show.”

“When your younger, the camera is like a friend and you can go places and feel like you’re with someone, like you have a companion.”

“You don’t have to enhance reality, there’s nothing stranger than the truth.”

“Nature is so powerful, so strong , capturing its essence is not easy. It becomes a dance with light and weather. It takes place within yourself.”

Photographs courtesy Google source: Life Archive

Thanks for stopping by.

3 responses to “The View from here..Women Photographers and their

  1. 🙂

  2. You are the best Aunt Sheila! Thank you!

    • Dear Nora,

      I just love those portraits you took of your Uncle Dave and myself. And that’s just the tip of the Iceberg that is your talent, I wouldn’t be suprised to have to update this article pretty soon with some of your great Portfolio pic’s those Award winning Photographs are FANTASTIC…I just love you choose to do what you love, that way your entire life will be worthy of your joy. love you kiddo.
      Aunt She

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