Seduced by modernity the photography of Margaret Watkins /

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Bibliographic Details
Varying form of title:Photography of Margaret Watkins
Author / Creator: O'Connor, Mary Elizabeth, 1947-
Other Authors / Creators:Tweedie, Katherine.
Format: Electronic eBook
Imprint: Montreal ; Ithaca, NY : McGill-Queen's University Press, c2007.
Online Access:Available in ProQuest Ebook Central - Academic Complete.
Summary:Mary O'Connor and Katherine Tweedie tell the story of a dedicated artist in difficult circumstances whose working life spanned a Victorian upbringing in Hamilton, Ontario, and the witnessing of the first Soviet Five-Year Plan. The authors use feminist and historical questions as well as close readings of the photographs to relate Watkins' work to questions of gender, modernity, and visual culture. Watkins' modernism, which involved experimentation and a radical focus on form, transgressed boundaries of conventional, high-art subject matter. Her focus was daily life and her photographs, whether an exploration of the objects in her New York kitchen or the public and industrial spaces of Glasgow, Paris, Cologne, Moscow, and Leningrad in the 1930s, strike a balance between abstraction and an evocation of the everyday, offering a unique gendered perspective on modernism and modernity.
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (p. 299-310) and index.
ISBN:9780773575660 (online)
9781282866133 (online)
Author Notes:

Mary O'Connor is professor, English and cultural studies, McMaster University.

Katherine Tweedie is professor, studio arts, Concordia University.