What They Saw: Historical Photobooks by Women, 1843–1999
Russet Lederman, Olga Yatskevich
Presenting a diverse geographic and ethnic selection, theWhat They Sawanthology interprets historical photobooks by women in the broadest sense possible: classic bound books, portfolios, personal albums, unpublished books, zines and scrapbooks. Some of the books documented are well-known publications such as Anna Atkins’Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions(1843-1853), Germaine Krull’sMétal(1928) andDiane Arbus: An Aperture Monograph(1972), while other books may be relatively unknown, such as Alice Seeley Harris’The Camera and the Congo Crime(c. 1906), Varvara Stepanova’sGroznyi smekh. Okna Rosta(1932), Eslanda Cardozo Goode Robeson’sAfrican Journey(1945), Fina Gómez Revenga’sFotografías de Fina Gómez Revenga(1954), Eiko Yamazawa’sFar and Near(1962) and Gretta Alegre Sarfaty’sAuto-photos: Série transformações—1976: Diário de Uma Mulher—1977(1978). Also addressed in the publication are the glaring gaps and omissions in current photobook history—in particular, the lack of access, support and funding for photobooks by non-Western women and women of color.
Structured as a traveling reading room, publication and series of public events, the project launched in November 2021 with the release of this publication. The reading room is now touring internationally to allow the over 250 books in the project to be shared with a global community.
Published by 10×10 Photobooks, NYC, 2021 30 x 24 cm (11.75 x 9.5 inches) portrait 352 pages with 672 images Softbound with dust jacket, Smith sewn binding Edition of 2000
Editors: Russet Lederman and Olga Yatskevich Associate Editors: Dolly Meieran and Jeff Gutterman Designer: Ayumi Higuchi ISBN: 978-0-578-93213-2