Author: Ellen Warner
About the Book:
Since 2006 I have been photographing and interviewing women of different cultures. Portraits include women from Algeria, Britain, France, Greece, Indonesia, Italy, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Myanmar, the Caribbean Islands and the USA. Each portrait is accompanied by a description, in the subject’s own voice, of her life journey and what “the second half” has meant/will hopefully mean for her. The book will be published by Brandeis University Press (pub date March 8, 2022). It will be distributed by The University of Chicago Press in the USA and UK, and will be accompanied by photographic exhibits. It will be published as a trade book, but will also be used in classrooms for Gender and Women’s Studies. Erica Jong has written the foreword.
While many of the women are well known, perhaps successful in a career, others have never had the luxury or inclination to choose a career. Included in the book are women of different socio-economic backgrounds and different religions. They range from age 55 to 107 and represent cultures from the most sophisticated to indigenous*. Each has a story to tell that will be instructive to younger women.
*There is a wide range of people included in the book - from Olivia de Havilland, Leslie Caron and the first woman TV anchor in Paris to a Tuareg nomad in southern Algeria, the first woman urologist in Saudi Arabia, a Black shaman in California and a magic woman in Bali.
About the Author:
Ellen Warner began her career as a photojournalist in 1969. Her photographs have been published in numerous newspapers and magazines and exhibited extensively. Over the years, she has developed a specialty in author portraits and has worked for most publishing houses in New York and London. She has also written travel articles, which have been published in the New York Times, Travel and Leisure, and The Traveller.