Name: The Woman in the Photograph
Author: Stephanie Butland
Publication Date: 11th July 2019
Goodreads Link: Here
Review: I want to begin by saying that I was sent this book for free by Readers First, but all thoughts are my own. This book contains feminism, photography, family & friendship. This book begins in 1968, during a period of second wave feminism in the UK, and teenage photographer Veronica Moon is capturing the moments of a protest when she meets Leonie Barratt, a woman who will forever change her life. Skip to 2018 and Leonie is gone and Veronica is dying, yet she still assists Leonie’s niece Erica with a photography exhibition to celebrate Veronicas work for feminism and to celebrate her work and the work of Leonie. Veronica finally speaks of that period of her life that she seemed to be forgetting and is truthful about her and Leonie’s friendship. I loved how this book was written, it involved sections of the exhibition, different viewpoints of young and old Veronica, Erica and Leonie in the past (as well as some of her letters to do with feminism) and I felt as if that really helped me connect with the characters. As a photographer myself who has a growing interest in older cameras, I really enjoyed reading about some of the stuff involved within using a film camera, such as using the darkroom and the love Veronica had for taking photos. I’ve never actually read a book that focused around any wave of feminism, but still believe that this book was done right. It was well written, emotional, funny, educational and thought provoking. I enjoyed reading about photography & I enjoyed learning about feminism from the 60’s. I was hooked from the very beginning and highly recommend this to any woman with an interest in photography who wants to educate themselves on second wave feminism.