Photographer and activist, Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, was born on July 9, 1951, in Chicago Illinois. She was the first person ever to write a book about women in photography. Viewfinders: Black Women Photographers, is a history of African-American women’s contribution to the photographic record.
Ashe spent many years digging and researching to uncover some of the many amazing black women that practiced the art of photography since the first camera was invented. While these women’s names are not readily found in modern history books, and their contributions are not easily accessible, they do exist and they have an important place in history.
Thank you to Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe for her passion to preserve women’s place in history, and provoking us to do a better job of acknowledging black women’s contribution to the arts and society.