Welcome to Photographs, Pistols, and Parasols. I'm your host, Lee McIntyre.
Rudyard Kipling once said, "If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten."
I firmly believe that, and so here on this podcast I'm going to share some stories of early women photographers — women who have been nearly forgotten.
We'll meet ...
— a photojournalist who traveled the world in search of stories and photo ops
— a police department photographer who invented a new type of criminal mugshot
— a 19th century itinerant photographer who traveled alone down dangerous roads, her camera equipment always including a pistol tucked in for protection
These are just three of the many women who were successful entrepreneurs running thriving photography businesses starting just after photography began in 1839.
Surprised? You're not alone. Many people mistakenly believe that women became professional photographers only after 1930.
But on this podcast, I'll bring you the fascinating stories of the earlier women professionals. I'll also include a little bit about the technology they worked with, because sometimes it helps to better appreciate the story. I mean you might never have known that circa 1860, if you wanted to do outdoor photography, you had to carry a darkroom in addition to your camera. Once you know that, though, you can better appreciate the cleverness of the landscape photographer who turned her very fashionable 19th century petticoat into a lightweight portable darkroom. She also considered a parasol a necessary photographer's tool.
There will also be also be some companion materials on my website at clfoto.net
So join me to celebrate the unforgettable stories of early women photographers.
Until next time, I'm Lee McIntyre and this is Photographs, Pistols, and Parasols.