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Hella Hammid: Feminine Fate

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Hella Hammid: Feminine Fate
Author: Hella Hammid, Petra Kosková Hammid and Nadia Rovderová
Category:Books, Photography, Art
Language: English and Czech
Translation: Karel Urban
Page count: 72
Binding: Pbk
ISBN: 978-80-7437-191-2
EAN: 9788074371912
Date: 2015
Issue number: 1.
Price: 14 EUR
Size: 21 x 21 cm

This publication presents the work of American photographer Hella Hammid (1921–1992) from the 1960s to the 1980s.

The chosen theme is more than typical for Hella Hammid – the works capture the world of women, with all that it entails: motherhood, emancipation, illness, old age... The black-and-white images show women in the role of both little girl and femme fatale, partner and mother, bearer of life, sinner and wise old woman. The documentary photographs of children are a logical continuation of these themes. Influenced by the reportage style of the Magnum photo agency, in 1950 Hammid created the series Roman Children. In 1955, a photograph from this series was exhibited at the legendary exhibition Family of Man. Hammid continued photographing children for the American picture magazine Life, for which she also worked on reportages on the Rainbow House, a home for disabled children, and the progressive New Lincoln School. Her images reflect her deep understanding of the world of children and her love for them. Hammid is linked with the Czech art scene through her marriage to Alexander Hammid.