Marilyn Stafford: A Life in Photography

(5 customer reviews)


Photographer Marilyn Stafford
ISBN 9781908457707
B/W and colour 270 x 290mm landscape + 228pp

‘At a time when women were expected to be mothers and wives, not professional photographers, Marilyn Stafford blazed her way into photographic history. Her distinctive approach was deceptively casual and yet psychologically revealing. Over four decades from 1948, she would shoot world leaders and poets; artists, writers, and mourning mothers; children playing on the street, victims of war, refugees, and fashion models.

Having grown up in the Depression, Marilyn was acutely sensitive: she wanted to use her camera to cast a light on injustice, to tell stories that had, in her words, ‘something important to say’. (Jennifer Higgie)

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5 reviews for Marilyn Stafford: A Life in Photography

  1. Leon M

    A really beautifully produced book. Handsome large format, and heavyweight paper.

  2. Elizabeth Wagar (verified owner)

    A lovely book covering experiences in post WW2, fashion photography, and travels to the Mideast and India . Her early years working with Cartier- Bresson are reflected in her later innovations using large frame photography.

  3. Sharon Dean

    This is magnificent book. Highly recommended as a gift for any lover of photography. Marilyn Stafford is a truly inspirational woman.

  4. Stuart Humphreys

    Thank you for the opportunity to support the publication of this beautifully printed book which is filled with wonderful images, glowing testimonies and quotations.

    ‘The other Marilyn’

  5. Caroline Walton

    Marilyn Stafford’s photos shorten the distance between viewer and subject.
    This rare skill can only be born from a visceral empathy with those she is photographing, be they a Parisian street urchin or Indira Gandhi; an Algerian refugee mother or Albert Einstein.

    This book reflects the astonishing range of her work, from figures such as Twiggy in 60s London to the stunned victims of the Bangladesh liberation war, to the Madonna-like image of Francesca Serio who put the Mafia on trial in 1950s Italy.

    I sincerely hope this book is just a beginning, and that we shall see much more of 96-year-old Marilyn’s work, in particular, a reprint of the haunting ‘Silent Stories,’ book of photos of pre-civil war Lebanon, where she lived in 1960.

    Caroline Walton, Author, Oral Historian.

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