The Gaze Measured
"This artist book celebrates the unnamed and unknown women photographers who ran portrait studios, documented landscapes and took selfies! The only documentation are the photographs they left behind. Entrepreneurs and selfie takers documented their world while giving women the chance to use the newest technology! The book was inspired by an article regarding women and the lasting images they created at the turn of the century and yet who remained unnamed. History regarded the first selfie taken by a man in Philadelphia but no woman was recorded except for a few who propelled the new medium and made commercial successes from their ventures into it. Having studied photography at a time when one developed their own images, it was amazing that for the amount of women who took photography, many were not included in fine art photography exhibitions or counted as important in their field until after the women's movement. How sad...so, this is my little ode commemorating them and their endeavors.
"The front cover is an actual brownie camera front with a woman gazing out at us measuring up for the perfect snap! Enjoy this book designed as a photo book in its images of the early unnamed female pioneers of photography.
"Includes a poem by Nancy Scott, Easton, PA." - Maryann Riker
Maryann Riker (self-published)
3.25"w x 4"h x 1"d.
Brownie camera front, paper, cardstock, acetate.
Riker, Maryann, "The Gaze Measured" (2019). Rollins College Book Arts Collection. 47.
This work was featured in the Olin Library as a part of the exhibition “Common Ground: Selected Works from The Rollins Book Arts Collection” from September 18, 2021 – December 31, 2021.