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In/Sights ; Self-portraits by Women compiled & with an introduction by Joyce Tenneson Cohen with an essay by Patricia Meyer Spacks

David R. Godine

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Boston : David R. Godine, 1978. First edition. Hardcover. 134 pages ; b/w photographs ; 26 cm. $15.00 dust jacket. Very good copy; no underlines or markings within the pages. Satisfaction guaranteed!

IN/SIGHTS : Self-Portraits by Women
compiled & with an introduction by JOYCE TENNESON COHEN with an essay by PATRICIA MEYER SPACKS

'Here are photographs to make you smile, make you smirk, make you feel squeamish, make you fall in love, make you tumble off into fantasies. Here are pure designs. Here are caricatures. Here are visual jokes and stories at a glance and pictures you can fall into like Alice through the mirror. Here are costumed dreams and the past dismembered. Here are women presenting themselves in light and shadow as they choose to have us see them, eyeball to eyeball.' —MARGE PIERCY

Joyce Tenneson Cohen, herself a photographer .and critic, spent over two years compiling this extraordinary collection of photographic self-portraits by women. Culled from thousands of submissions, the 125 images by sixty-six women on these pages comprise the first anthology of self-portraits by women ever published in any art medium.

In recent years, women have taken hold of the camera to explore their lives, to examine new emotional territory, to become their own image-makers. An introduction by Cohen, an essay by Patricia Meyer Spacks, and the comments of each photographer suggest different ways of looking at these remarkable images. 'Speaking for and about themselves,' says Spacks, 'the photographers speak also for and about their sex, suggesting ambiguities of womanhood in a society which has yet to evolve adequate ways of dealing with its female majority, ever more vividly full of power and desire.'

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