AMERICAN PHOTO
DO WOMEN PHOTOGRAPHERS SEE DIFFERENTLY...
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March/April 1998
Vicki Goldberg
 
The mind is not sex‑typed," observed anthropologist Margaret Mead in 1972. If so, it stands to reason that a photographer's artistic vision is as unaffected by gender as it is by height or hair color.

Yet the question "Do women photographers see things differently than men photographers?" has persisted ever since women took to the camera in droves in the late 19th century. Here, prominent people in photography give us their thoughts:

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VICKI GOLDBERG, a contributing editor to American Photo and photography critic for the New York Times, has written The Power of Photography: How Photographs Changed Our Lives and Margaret Bourke‑White: A Biography. "I believe that if you put men's and women's photographs next to each other you wouldn't necessarily be able to tell whose is whose," she says. "Women have some different access, and might choose some subjects more or less often than men. Margaret Bourke‑White said that she had a lot of trouble getting into situations, but on the other hand they were much less likely to kick her out than if she'd been a man."

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