Jessie

Jessie was a teacher
when a camera changed her life:
while traditional women
were content with being wives,
she used her sharp eye
and ability to hustle,
ignoring constraints
of corset and bustle,
to seek the newsworthy
and documentary.
Instead of portraits of
well-bred young women,
she photographed a murder trial,
slums and local prison.

Kim M. Russell, 1st December 2018

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Jessie Tarbox Beals America’s first female photojournalist c. 1904

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15 thoughts on “Jessie

  1. She certainly did her own thing. I was admiring her for the travels she made, my focus on that because we’ve traveled so very much. So I missed, or had skipped, your find of “she photographed a murder trial, slums and local prison.” Good job !!
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