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Pictures and People: A Search for Visual Truth and Social Justice
     

Pictures and People: A Search for Visual Truth and Social Justice

by Joan Liffring-Zug Bourret, Deb Schense (Editor), David Wright (Editor), Sean Ulmer (Editor), Mary Bennett (Editor)
 

Joan Liffring-Zug Bourret's autobiography in b/w photos and text.

Contains some information and photos on Grant Wood, Truman Capote, John Denver, President Ronald Reagan, President Obama, Rev. Martin Luther King, and many more famous people.

Over 130 black and white photographs and text, highlight the years from 1951, to images of Monet's garden

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Joan Liffring-Zug Bourret's autobiography in b/w photos and text.

Contains some information and photos on Grant Wood, Truman Capote, John Denver, President Ronald Reagan, President Obama, Rev. Martin Luther King, and many more famous people.

Over 130 black and white photographs and text, highlight the years from 1951, to images of Monet's garden taken in 2007. Joan has photographed Martin Luther King in 1962, and President Barack Obama during his campaign in 2007. Her images document the people who have worked for civil rights in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in the 1960s, as well as many photographs showing women's roles during the last half of the twentieth century.

At age 22, Joan photographed the birth of her first son. Initially, the photographs were rejected nationwide by magazines as unfit to print, although the only medically graphic image was her baby with the umbilical cord still attached. The Des Moines Register's Picture Magazine published the photographic series as subsequently LOOK magazine used the essay, and LIFE used one photograph. This series is in the autobiography, called one of the outstanding photographic essays of the 1950s.

Two of her photographs, in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, are in the book. They are of Nan Wood Graham, model for the painting American Gothic (1975) and one of the Junior League Christmas Party (1962). As a photographer for The Des Moines Register and The Iowan, Joan covered Iowa's ethnic groups and farm life in four states for children's educational books showing Iowa cornbelt farming, Wisconsin dairy farming, Texas cotton farming, and apple growers in Washington. Her sixty-plus-year career as a photographer gives insight into her three marriages and family background.

"Her photographs of women and men, long before gender and aging became national issues, were not only groundbreaking, they were photographs on a par with the best work of more nationally recognized photographers...They were sensitive studies of human character and emotion."—Robert Dana, former poet laureate of Iowa

"WOW JOAN! Your autobiography came this evening. What an awesome work you have done. It is just tremendous. Your sense of humor is there and it is so interesting. I love your photos and the text is great. Thanks Joan. A great book. Am so glad you did it. A really great read—your interesting life—a life lived well." —Karen Tripp, Houston attorney

I also started reading that and couldn't put it down. Hal will wonder what I have been doing all day, as none of the overly ripe garden tomatoes that need to be dealt with, have moved off the counter. I know he will understand. I, of course, picked up the book and it opened right up to my beloved Dad! Wonderful reading. Hal said he is dying to find time to start digging in, too. Again, thank you so much for BOTH books. -Barb

Dear Joan,
Congratulations on a wonderful book! Thank you so much for signing and sending it. I love it. I sat right down and read it cover to cover in one sitting. A check will be in the mail asap. Much love,
—Toni Brendel, Author of Slovak American Touches

Most of all I want to tell you how much I enjoyed your autobiography. I thought I knew you well but I learned so much more by reading your book. It was terrific! You have had an amazing life but I guess that is to be expected because you are an amazing woman! —Jane McCune

I just spent an hour reading the book "Pictures and People" this morning and wanted to sit there and read to the end! What a good thing you have done, and I'm amazed at your powers of recall. Can't wait to pick it up again. Love, —Nancy McHugh

Dear Joan,
Your autobiography arrived yesterday. I have enjoyed reading it from cover to cover. Outstanding job throughout — from photographs and to text telling your fascinating story, to copy editing and production. Congratulations all! Thank you.
—Jean Strong

Joan, I got the paperback version and have started reading it - quite a piece of work and the photo's are breathtaking. My check is in the mail to you. Thanks!! —Pat Flaherty

"It's stunning!" —Marly Cornell

Dorothy Kelley of the Women's Club wrote:
"I've heard so many positive comments about your presentation at the Des Moines Women's Club. It wasn't just your amazing photos that held their attention, your easy delivery and great sense of humor had a lot to do with it."

Jan Kaiser from the Des Moines Public Library wrote:
"...wanted to send you a note of thanks for the wonderful presentation..."

Dear Joan,
I finished your book "Pictures and People" a few weeks ago. I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed it and how much I learned about your fascinating life. The photos were beautiful, especially the one on the cover.

Kudos to you for all your accomplishments - for those you've already achieved and for those still ahead of you!
Take care,
Mary Humston, President, Iowa City Chapter, National Pen Women

Hi Joan,
I more than enjoyed reading about your life journey searching for truth and social justice. I am also more than impressed with the writing and content in your autobiography and your many, many accomplishments. I have no doubt that your life's work made our world a better place for all of us to live. Every congratulation is certainly yours.
Dorothy Paul

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781932043716
Publisher:
Penfield Press
Publication date:
05/05/2011
Pages:
136
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

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