Jun 20, 2019 - Sale 2514

Sale 2514 - Lot 128

Price Realized: $ 812
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Estimate: $ 700 - $ 1,000
JOAN E. BIREN (1944 - )


Ginger and Catherine.

Silver print, the image measuring 11 1/2x8 1/4 inches, 29.2x21 cm., the mount 14x11 inches, 35.6x27.9 cm., with Biren's notation JEB, in ink, on mount recto, and her signature, the notation JEB, edition notation 1/1, and her studio address, in ink, on verso. 1972.

Additional Details


"A calendar for women, photographs by jeb," 1974. Papers of Dolores Bargowski, 1943-2008, MC 932, FD.1. Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

JEB is a photographer and filmmaker whose work has documented lesbian lives since the early 1970s. In a recent 8 April 2019 New York Times profile, she explained that "Photography was inherently collaborative for her, and she rejected the 'predatory language' of terms like 'capture,' 'shoot' and even 'subject.' Instead, she preferred 'muses' on both sides of the camera. 'If I was making a picture of a woman who was naked, I'd ask if she wanted me to take my clothes off, too.'"