In Real Life: Six Women Photographers by Leslie Sills

Rating: ** (2 out of 5)

Review: I bought this book while researching for an essay on women photographers, but after reading the parts about Dorothea Lange and Cindy Sherman (those included on my essay) I found this book to be too superficial for use in my work and didn’t read it until now. Well, after giving it a go, I found that my opinion hasn’t changed.

The photo reproductions aren’t great, the tone of the book is rather patronizing (I mean, who was it written for if the author has to explain what she means every time she mentions 35 mm?), and the biographies are so superficial that a quick internet search about each of the photographers would be more useful than reading this book.

I guess I just don’t understand the purpose of this book. If it was meant to educate people about women photographers, why choose only six? And why these six? The criteria for this choice is never explained. And why such a superficial look into their work?

Unfortunately I can’t recommend this.


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