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RIP ABIGAIL HEYMAN

“I have been a girl child and, in my expectations, a mother,” Ms. Heyman wrote in her first book. “I have tried to be prettier than I am. I have been treated as a sex object, and at times I have encouraged that. I have been married and have seen my husband’s work as more important than my own.”

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Manhattan based photographer, photo journalist and insanely talented Abigail Heyman died this weekend in New York City at the age of 70.  Much of her work depicted women of her time performing typically limiting roles. Known largely for her photo-diary “Growing Up Female: A Personal Photo-Journal,” her mostly black and white works were stark, minimal and in this case almost clinical. Her very early works brought something that has remained, to this day, regarded as highly timeless and forward in the feminist movement. Her book, she said, was “one feminist’s point of view” of the narrow range of choices women had in their lives, which she hoped her work would help to expand. Heyman’s “Growing Up Female” sold more than 35,000 copies, an unusually high number for photograph collections. This iconic woman, inspirational artist and feminist  has always been a strong voice for women everywhere—may her work live on.

Quote: New York Times.

Images: New York Times.

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