Women of Our Time: An Album of Twentieth-Century Photographsby Frederick S. Voss (Editor), Smithsonian National Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery (Compiler), Marc Pachter (Foreword by)
Women of Our Time is a glorious photographic celebration of seventy-five of the most creative, humane, controversial, witty, brave, beautiful, and inspirational women of the twentieth century. These revealing portraits, by an array of distinguished photographers, show women who have reached the summit of achievement in politics, business, art, sport, performance, music, humanitarianism, and science-women such as Katharine Graham, Billie Holiday, Eleanor Roosevelt, Joan Baez, Amelia Earhart, and Helena Rubinstein.
The photographs depict their subjects at pivotal moments in their careers and are accompanied by brief biographies that not only highlight their distinctive contributions and achievements, but also show how they were viewed by their contemporaries. Beautifully designed, this book celebrates the women who have defined the modern age
Author Biography: Frederick S. Voss is senior historian at the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. He has published extensively on all aspects of American portraiture.
Cokie Roberts is the co-anchor of the program This Week with Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts and the chief congressional analyst for ABC News.
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Seventy-five of the most noted women of the recent past are remembered by a roster of outstanding photographers in this stunning volume. Each photo, which captures the subject at the height of her achievements, is accompanied by a biography detailing contributions made and public response. All of the photos capture the essence of the woman, as Cokie Roberts remarks in the Preface: "Look into the eyes of the subjects of these photographs and you see the triumphs, failures, hopes, and disappointments of some of the truly talented women of our time." The album is a diverse collection of unique women, from Helen Keller to Dorothy Parker to Gertrude Stein to Gypsy Rose Lee to Shirley Temple to Ella Fitzgerald. We learn that upon Grandma Moses's first visit to New York City she "told reporters, `It's nice to be here, but the city doesn't appeal to me.' `As picture material?' someone asked. `As any material,' she answered." And, we discover that Joan Baez remembers singing the civil rights movement's anthem "We Shall Overcome" at the Lincoln Memorial, by saying, "...one of the medals which hangs over my heart I awarded to myself for having been asked to sing that day." The revelatory photos and essays found in "Women Of Our Time" are a tribute to women, to our age, and to humankind.