Fannie Benjamin Johnston: The New Woman

Fannie Benjamin Johnston was one of the earliest women photographers. Born in 1864 in West Virginia, Johnston grew up in Washington, D.C., took portraits of many notable Americans (including Susan B. Anthony and Booker T. Washington), and traveled extensively. Here she is in a memorable self-portrait, titled “The New Woman,” showing her petticoat and holding … [Read more…]

Southern Women’s History: Baptist Women

This striking image is from a Library of Congress collection of legendary folklorist John Lomax’s photographs from his 1930s and 40s tours of the South and the Caribbean in search of folk songs and culture. Lomax’s notes tell us that these women,”Baptist Women,” live on the Alma Plantation on False River, LA.