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Anne Brigman
Self Portrait
Anne Brigman Papers



Pictorial photographer Anne Brigman sought to achieve art with her camera at a time when the relatively new medium of photography was viewed as a largely documentary form. She manipulated negatives with paint and etching tools to get the effects she wanted, going so far as to add or remove features of the landscape—including trees and the moon. The inspiration for much of her work came from the California landscape, where she took photographs on extended camping trips in the mountains. As one of the first photographers to take the female nude in the natural landscape as a subject, Brigman’s work ties the female body to the natural world in a way that anticipates late twentieth-century ecofeminism and the societal and cultural connections it draws between women and the environment.


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