Published February 6, 2018
Reference - 304 Pages
ISBN 9781138548367 - CAT# K375856
Published December 11, 2015
Reference - 304 Pages
ISBN 9781472456304 - CAT# Y257283
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'Flamiano’s book is strongly and clearly written and thoroughly researched. Flamiano has added necessary depth to an important contributor to photojournalism and furthered understanding of the external forces that shape how a photographer’s work is created and viewed. The information in this book can be a valuable addition to journalism history classes.'
'Working from the standpoints of both biography and journalism history, Flamiano effectively articulates the challenges Mieth faced, emphasizing in particular the risks of working for a major news and entertainment magazine that had to please advertisers as well as the public. By positioning Mieth as a professional who sought, not always successfully, to resist the racial and gendered oppression that was condoned by LIFE’s editors and administrators, and exploring her unwarranted oppression by the FBI, Flamiano’s study contributes a unique perspective on her career and values.'
--Woman's Art Journal
'Dolores Flamiano highlights the boundaries and borders Mieth continually encountered and often crossed: gender, nationality, class, and race. An in-depth cultural exploration of Mieth’s photographs, buttressed by her unpublished memoir and oral histories, the book raises questions about gender, documentary versus photojournalism, and the power of the photojournalist (versus the power of magazine editors) to frame a story.'
--The Journal of Magazine Media
'Dolores Flamiano's timely analysis of this under-appreciated photographer benefits from lively narratives and marvelous illustrative photographs. Her book functions as a key reference text for anyone interested in the histories of labor in photography, women in photography, or magazine photography.'
--Vanessa Rocco, Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, USA
'LIFE magazine dominated the Golden Age of Photojournalism in the 20th Century and few women could break into that famous boys' club. Hansel Mieth's career is overshadowed by headline-grabbing Margaret Bourke-White and Dorothea Lange, but Dolores Flamiano digs deep to reveal the highs and lows of this determined émigrée photographer. Flamiano allows us to appreciate a principled woman who was ahead of her time.'
--Zoe Smith, Missouri School of Journalism, USA
'Dolores Flamiano's thorough and revelatory look at Hansel Mieth's life and work provides a necessary new chapter in our understanding of the documentary tradition. Mieth, from her beginnings as a farm worker to a documentary photographer of labor to her later work in journalism and social movements, is a powerful way to understand the evolution of documentary through the 20th century. Knowing her life as an immigrant, the many "migrations" she made once in the United States, and her own personal struggles provides an important backdrop to understanding the aesthetic power and empathy of her imagery. Hansel Mieth deserves a careful, in-depth look, and Flamiano's fine book is essential in that viewing.'
--Tom Rankin, Duke University, USA
'Dolores Flamiano's meticulous historical scholarship tells and shows the story of a courageous and tenacious photojournalist dedicated to exploring the social contradictions of mid-20th century America. Especially revealing is Flamiano's analysis of Hansel Mieth's work as a "pioneer in participant-observer social documentary photography".'
--Julianne Newton, University of Oregon, USA