Melissa Ann Pinney: Girl Ascending

The Center for American Places, Chicago, 2010


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For nearly thirty years, Melissa Ann Pinney has been making photographs of girls and women, from infancy to old age, to portray how feminine identity is constructed, taught, and communicated. Pinney’s work depicts not only the rites of American womanhood, but also the informal passages of girlhood and adolescence.
With each view—from solitary subjects in pensive moments to complex family and social situations—the audience gains a richer understanding of the connections between a daughter and her parents, grandparents, and the larger world of friends and society. The pictures also reflect the ways in which a girl’s world in 2010 differs from the world Pinney knew growing up in the 1960s, and the ways in which the making of a person can transcend time and place.

Pinney’s photographs are powerful and insightful. As social and artistic documents, they reveal the subtle and bold aspects of feminine identity as it is expressed in American spaces and places, both private and public. Girl Ascending is a major contribution to those who appreciate fine-art photography and women’s studies.

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ISBN: 9781935195115

140 pages, 60 color images, 25.4 × 28.5 cm, hardcover, English