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Spotlight Photography: Lesbian and Bisexual Female
  The record of Lesbian and Bisexual Female Photography before Stonewall has been obscured by time, disinterest, and overt hostility. However, recent scholarship has produced enough material to create a dialogue about photographs made by women who loved women. Lesbian and Bisexual Female Photography after Stonewall has been increasingly recognized as an important subject and a significant body of contemporary lesbian photography has developed.  
  Berenice Abbott Berenice Abbott (1898-1991) may be best known for her photographs of New York City's changing cityscapes, but she also made memorable images of lesbians, bisexuals, and gay men in Paris and New York.  
  Alice Austen Alice Austen (1866-1952) was one of the first American women to become a photographer. The style she developed anticipated the genre of documentary photography.  
  Ruth Bernhard Ruth Bernhard (1905-2006) was one of the preeminent twentieth-century photographers of the nude female. In her nineties, she publicly revealed relationships she has had with both women and men.  
  Queer dyke activist Tessa Boffin (1962-1993) was a photographer and performance artist and the first British lesbian artist to produce work in response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.  
  Romaine Brooks Romaine Brooks (1874-1970) is famous for her paintings of cross-dressed women and female nudes that made her lesbian identity known to the world. Though she is remembered as a painter, she also explored the medium of photography.  
  Claude Cahun (1894-1954), a photographer, photo collagist, writer, and translator, is known today primarily for creating images, including self-portraits, that play with concepts of gender.  
  Tee Corinne The shy superstar of lesbian erotica, American artist Tee Corinne (1943-2006) is especially known for her frank and sensuous depictions of lesbian sex.  
  Laurie Toby Edison Laurie Toby Edison (b. 1942) turned to photography as a medium that could combine art and social activism. She is best known for three collections of photographs featuring, respectively, fat nude women, nude men, and women in Japan.  
  Considering the unique set of problems facing lesbians who want to produce Erotic Art for the Enjoyment of Other Lesbians, it is remarkable that so much lesbian erotica has been produced in so brief a time.  
  Gisele Freund Gisèle Freund (1908?-2000) was an accomplished and respected photojournalist who is best remembered as a chronicler of the vibrant bohemian community of artists and writers that made its home in Paris during the 1930s.  
  Della Grace Volcano The work of photographer Della Grace (b. 1957), also known as Del Lagrace Volcano, confronts questions of the performance of gender, especially the performance of masculinity by lesbians.  
  Florence Henri (1893-1982) was an American-born artist who produced a wide range of photography in the 1920s and 1930s, including still lifes, portraits, nudes, advertising images, and photomontages.  
  Hannah Hoch Hannah Höch (1889-1978) was a German bisexual artist who embraced a number of artistic movements and styles during her long career. She is best known for her photomontages critiquing bourgeois culture.  
  Frances Benjamin Johnston Frances Benjamin Johnston (1864-1952), a famous photojournalist and documentary photographer, served as the official White House photographer for the administrations of Presidents Benjamin Harrison, Grover Cleveland, William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, and William Howard Taft.  
  Annie Leibovitz Perhaps the most famous of contemporary American photographers, Annie Leibovitz (b. 1949) has evolved a personal style characterized by imaginative poses, bright colors, and intense lighting.  
  The Lesbian Sex Wars of the 1980s were waged over issues of erotic and pornographic photography and s/m. The Lesbian Sex Wars constituted one of the most significant debates among second-wave feminists in North America and Europe.  
  Annemarie Schwarzenbach (1908-1942) was a Swiss writer and photojournalist who documented social conditions from Afghanistan to Alabama. Much of her documentary photography in the United States focused on the plight and sullen resignation of African Americans and poor whites in the human-built barrenness of city streets and industrial zones.  
  Clara Estelle Sipprell Clara Estelle Sipprell (1885-1975) was a leading photographer of her day. She developed a Pictorialist approach and sought to create photographs that were as artful as paintings.  
  Related Slides   
  Angela Brinskele: Preserving Pride
Photographer Angela Brinskele began capturing images of California pride celebrations and protests in 1984, and has not missed a single pride season since. This series of fifteen photographs taken at glbtq parades and marches focuses on images that document celebration, protest, policing, and romance and marriage.
  Tee Corinne: Scars, Stoma, Ostomy Bag, Portacath
Tee Corinne (1943-2006), the shy superstar of lesbian erotic art, died of liver cancer on August 27, 2006. The loss of her lover to colon cancer less than a year before inspired Corinne's final series of photographs entitled Scars, Stoma, Ostomy Bag, Portacath.
  The Photography of Laurie Toby Edison
Artist Laurie Toby Edison is chiefly known for three series of photographic work: Women En Large: Images of Fat Nudes, Familiar Men, and Women of Japan. Edison's work reflects her engagement in the Fat Acceptance/Size movement, the feminist movement, and queer activist organizations.
  Tina Fiveash: A Retrospective
Australian artist Tina Fiveash (b. 1970) often appropriates the iconography of advertising to create a missing lesbian history. Her work is frequently humorous on the surface, but just as often delivers a fierce political punch on closer inspection.
  Pink and Bent: Art of Queer Women
Pink and Bent was an exhibition curated by Pilar Gallego and Cora Lambert, who selected work by both established and emerging artists with an eye toward conveying the experience of being a queer woman through art, which can "describe visually what is too complicated" to convey through language alone.


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