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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Abigail Heyman

Dates:  1942, 1 August - 2013, 28 August
Born:  US, CT, Danberry
Died:  US, NY, New York City, Manhattan
Active:  US
American photographer.
Abigail Heyman was an American photographer and feminist. Her 1974 book Growing Up Female became an important text for the feminist movement. After becoming one of the first women to join Magnum Photos, she went on to produce two more books: Butcher, Baker, Cabinetmaker, a book for girls about women at work, and Dreams & Schemes, which took a journalistic approach to wedding photography. Throughout her career she published photo essays about subjects, especially those related to women’s lives, that had been considered too personal or trivial for photojournalism. Her work was published in outlets such as Time, Life, Ms., Harpers and The New York Times Magazine.
In 1981, Heyman co-founded Archive Pictures Inc., an international documentary photographers' cooperative agency in New York City, along with Mark Godfrey, Charles Harbutt, Joan Liftin, and Mary Ellen Mark. In the 1990s, Heyman joined the International Center of Photography in Manhattan as director of the documentary and photojournalism department. Though her work is most identified with the feminist movement, as Liftin told the New York Times, “as a feminist, she was not so much about marching. She took pictures that showed what the marching was about.”
(Provided by the Magnum Foundation, 14 July 2019)

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• Auer, Michele & Michel 1985 Encyclopedie Internationale Des Photographes de 1839 a Nos Jours / Photographers Encylopaedia International 1839 to the present (Hermance, Editions Camera Obscura) 2 volumes [A classic reference work for biographical information on photographers.] 
• Evans, Martin Marix (Executive ed.) 1995 Contemporary Photographers [Third Edition] (St. James Press - An International Thomson Publishing Company) [Expensive reference work but highly informative.] 
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