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    Perhaps an interesting read

    Stumbled across this on Amazon (but don't forget your local bookseller if you have one).

    EIGHT GIRLS TAKING PICTURES
    WHITNEY, OTTO
    SCRIBNERS
    NOVEMBER 2012

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    I photograph things to see what things look like photographed.
    - Garry Winogrand

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    While the book is fiction, I suspect the eight girls are all based on real photographers. I've read as far as "Clara Argento" who is obviously based on Tina Modotti. I'm not sure about the two characters who preceded her. Anyone know about the others?
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    The novel tells the story of eight female photographers, in eight different chapter/stories, inspired by the lives of real photographers. In her Author’s Note, Otto leaves the list incomplete, but she includes Imogen Cunningham, Madame Yevonde, Tina Modotti, Lee Miller, Grete Stern, and Ruth Orkin. Each chapter is introduced by a playing-card-sized photo by the spotlighted artist, and the photograph’s true title, meant to evoke a little “ooh” moment when readers get to the scene where the picture is snapped. But the photographers-as-characters are given fictional names; Lee Miller is Ellen “Lenny” Van Pelt, Imogen Cunningham is Cymbeline Kelley, Man Ray makes a cameo as someone called Tin Type, although Hannah Hoch and Diane Arbus, who are only mentioned by the characters, are allowed their real names.
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    http://www.full-stop.net/2012/11/09/...-whitney-otto/
    "There are a great many things I am in doubt about at the moment, and I should consider myself favoured if you would kindly enlighten me. Signed, Doubtful, off to Canada." (BJP 1914).

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