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A New HeartlandWomen, Modernity, and the Agrarian Ideal in America$
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Janet Gallingani Casey

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195338959

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195338959.001.0001

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Chapter 5 Chapter 5 Rural Camera Work

Chapter 5 Chapter 5 Rural Camera Work

Women and/in Photography

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A New Heartland
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Janet Galligani Casey (Contributor Webpage)

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195338959.003.0006

This chapter extends women’s engagement with rurality and modernity into the visual arena, discussing how women photographers performed and sustained their own modernness by photographing a preindustrial rural other. It considers the camera as a quintessentially modern instrument, one that registers both evidence and perspective and that thereby wields enormous influence in the mediation of rurality for a modern urban audience. It analyzes closely the rural photography of two women, Doris Ulmann and Marion Post, and the philosophical attitudes—toward technology, toward visual evidence, toward rural communities—that shaped their perspectives.

Keywords:   rurality, modernity, visual, preindustrial, photography, camera, Doris Ulmann, Marion Post, technology, rural communities

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