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Censored realities/Changing New York

Censored realities/Changing New York / Alice Maude-Roxby and Stefanie Seibold.
Maude-Roxby, Alice
Graz : Edition Camera Austria, 2018.

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187 pages : illustrations, facsimiles, portraits; 22 cm
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Changing New York
  • "It is little known that Dutton wrote both the original texts that McCausland wrote on Abbott's photographs and which rejected the two developed innovative text-image design. Instead, the publisher opted for a conservative design and edited McCausland's texts so radically that only scarce, insubstantial, with the original texts barely comparable captions remained."--Online translation from publisher's website (viewed on December 28, 2018)
  • "A detailed text and several original letters give an insight into the research of the two authors and into the history of what they call 'Sapphic Modernity' in the context of a larger research project."----Online translation from publisher's website (viewed on December 28, 2018)
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JQD 21-95
  • 9783902911391
  • 3902911395
Maude-Roxby, Alice, author.
Censored realities/Changing New York / Alice Maude-Roxby and Stefanie Seibold.
Graz : Edition Camera Austria, 2018.
First edition.
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With texts by Elizabeth McCausland, Zoe Leonard, Alice Maude-Roxby, Stefanie Seibold. 00Within research of female/sapphic collaborations of modernity, a perpetual process of ?erasure? or the ?writing-out of art history? of female collaborators is exposed. One such example is evident through analysis of the 1939 Dutton publication Changing New York by photographer Berenice Abbott and writer Elizabeth McCausland. Little or nothing is known of the fact that all of the original McCausland captions for Changing New York were deemed not fit for publication by Dutton, and that the innovative spatial text-image design devised collaboratively by Abbott and McCausland was rejected. Instead, the publishers insisted on a very conservative approach to design and implemented a savage editing process reducing McCausland?s texts to terse and bland captions that bear almost no resemblance to those that had been intended. The published Dutton captions, as they appear in Changing New York, close down the ways in which Abbott?s images are read so that they figure much like the illustrations for a guidebook to the city.00Alice Maude-Roxby und Stefanie Seibold found the complete set of original captions to the book written by Elizabeth McCausland, a communist and socially engaged journalist and long-time partner of Berenice Abbott, in the archive of the Museum of the City of New York. They had remained intact and pretty much untouched since 1939. These highly critical texts act to place the photographs directly into the larger political and social context of the 1930s Depression in USA. The original attempt and idea for the book by Abbott and McCausland was to acknowledge both formats, text and photography, as equal in terms of activating meaning production and/or as tools for critical reflection.
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Seibold, Stefanie, 1967- author.
Revision of: Abbott, Berenice, 1898-1991. Changing New York. 1939.
McCausland, Elizabeth, 1899-1965. Works. Selections.
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Changing New York
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JQD 21-95
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