To capture her images of female nudes in natural landscapes, Anne Brigman sometimes set up camp for weeks or months at a time, eight thousand feet up in the Sierra Nevada. Brigman would load her heavy camera equipment into stagecoaches that picked their way through the Sacramento Valley and up the American River Canyon, then finish her journey using pack mules to ascend to Donner Pass or into Desolation Valley. The work Brigman created on those sojourns made her a groundbreaking early-twentieth-century photographer. She was an artist who helped shape American modernist, feminist, and landscape photographic traditions—and was one of the first women to photograph herself in the nude. She showed her first photographs in San Francisco, in , and a year later was anointed by Alfred Stieglitz, who awarded her membership in his Photo-Secession movement. She published poetry and art criticism.
Constantly at battle with a society who would rather objectify the female nude than let women dictate their own representation, women began to resist artistically in many ways. Outside of poster art, many female artists took to staged protests and performance art within global cities to reclaim the female nude. Beyond the city, women started to take nudes in the landscape as a form of resistance. The environment quickly became a key force in the fight for freedom as women turned to the purity and inherently feminine Mother Nature to set themselves free from the shackles of the patriarchy and the voyeuristic fixation of the male gaze. Taking nudes in the landscape as early as the s, Brigman would set the tone for women in the landscape, as shown by Judy Chicago , Carolee Schneemann , Ana Mendieta , Laura Aguilar , and more who all feature in Laid Bare.
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