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Marion Post Wolcott

By 24th August 2021No Comments

Marion Post photographing mountain children on stone steps of their home. Up Stinking Creek, Pine Mountain, Kentucky. 1944 (Photographer Unknown).⁠

Marion Post Wolcott: Daughter of a Cajun family returning home after fishing in Cane River, Melrose, Lousiana, 1940

Marion Post Wolcott: Living quarters and a ”juke joint” for migratory workers during a slack season, in Belle Glade, Florida, taken in early 1941. ©Library of Congress

Marion Post Wolcott: *Negro going in colored entrance of movie house on Saturday afternoon, Belzoni, Mississippi Delta, Mississippi. 1939

*Hundred Heroines is mindful of photography’s problematic history with race: colonialism and photography were mutually intertwined in Europe’s industrial and imperial expansion. From its beginning, photography documented colonial adventures and cemented ‘Orientalist’ perceptions of non-European peoples. We recognise that many women photographers of the 19th/20th centuries were wealthy, privileged and white, and often played a role in perpetuating colonial stereotypes. We celebrate their achievements in overcoming the obstacle of gender and acknowledge the need to move forward in terms of representation. Today, no community or culture should be exploited in favour of the image.