It's 1860, you're a landscape photographer, and the dazzling sunlight is playing havoc with the photo you're trying to take. Without photography accessories shops around, you improvise and use your fashionable parasol as an improvised lens shade. Problem solved. ... It's 1895, you're an itinerant photographer travelling dangerous backroads alone. You're not worried, though: a man's hat hides that you're a woman and besides, you've always got your pistol at the ready. ...Those are but two of the many intrepid women who found success as professional artisan photographers, pursuing careers in photography shortly after it began in 1839. These women were successful entrepreneurs who ran thriving photography businesses and produced high-quality photos with the ever-changing technology, but unfortunately their accomplishments are too often marginalized or left out of the history books altogether. Join host Lee McIntyre twice a month as she introduces you to the captivating stories of talented women who started their professional photography careers between 1840-1930.
62 - The Journey of Ollie Monroe - Part 2
In today's episode, we continue our journey with the photographer named Ollie Monroe.
61 - The Journey of Ollie Monroe (Part 1)
In today's episode, we begin a journey with a photographer named Ollie Monroe.
60 - The Miss and Misses Garrity
In today's episode, we meet Miss Salle E. Garrity of Chicago - and beyond.
Photographer to the Star
In today's episode, we meet the Chicago photographer Mabel Sykes, who was the favorite photographer of a rather famous silent movie star.
In a class all her own
In today's episode, we discover the remarkable accomplishments of Lydia J. Cadwell.
57 - On Hiatus
Photographs, Pistols & Parasols will be on hiatus until September 1st.
Really enjoy the podcast
I love hearing about the lives of these fascinating women.
Photography and Photographers Revealed
L Lee McIntyre’s blog is impeccably researched. She brings these women’s lives to life as she puts facts together. Each women comes alive and their photographic techniques and creativity are introduced to the reader/listener as Mcintyre removes them from obscurity.
McIntyre also explains the subtle and overt difference between the sexes, for example, Miss C. Smith’s pod cast indicates that prior to the 1860’s census, women’s occupations were not recorded.
I recommend this podcast to anyone interested in photography, women’s history and how to research.
Historically accurate and compelling production!
I am the photo archivist for the Special Collections Department of the Pikes Peak Library District in Colorado Springs. I worked with Lee during her visit to our archives. Her research techniques were meticulous, her scope comprehensive, and her documentation thorough. If she says it happened, you can count on it. These podcasts may be the best available source on early women photographers in existence. Highly recommended!!!