Midwestern Exposure

“During the medium’s first two decades in the United States, the largest concentration of women photographers wasn’t in the Northeast, the country’s most populous region. Women photographers were most active in the Midwest”. In the Northeast, it was frowned upon for women to engage in photography due to the job’s reputation as being “dirty”; the chemicals and stains were perceived to be unsuitable for a woman. In contrast, the (at the time) more progressive Midwest, disdainful towards the standards of the Northeast, allowed women to participate in s0-called male-prescribed fields. Read full article here

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