Woman Spirit #3, cover
1975, Carol Newhouse

Artist Statement
Carol Newhouse

As I look back on the images I created in the 70's and early 80's, I understand that I was creating lesbian visibility for myself as well as others. I was looking at lesbians through the lens of my camera much like one looks at a new discovery through a microscope. I wanted to see lesbians clearly and in detail. As I worked in the dark room, I was discovering and capturing much of what was to become an expression of lesbian culture we were creating together. Through making these images I came into myself, and I think I helped us see the beauty and strength of all we were becoming. If I had a goal back then I feel it must have been essentially the same as my work today: to move lesbians closer to the power of spirit.

By the Fire, from The Blatant Image II
1982, Carol Newhouse


I was born in New York City in 1943. My only artistic education was apprenticing myself to a fashion photographer in Montreal, Canada, in 1970. I hold a master's degree in Social Work which is my ticket to employment, and am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.


Osmer-Newhouse, Carol and Nelly Kaufer. A Woman's Guide to Spiritual Renewal. New York: Harper Collins, 1994.

Tetrault, Jeanne, editor. A Women's Carpentry Book. New York: Doubleday/Anchor, 1980.

The WomanShare Collective. Country Lesbians: The Story of the WomanShare Collective. Grants Pass, OR: WomanShare Books, 1976.

Amazon Quarterly. West Somerville, MA: Amazon Quarterly.

Country Women. Albion, CA: Country Women, various issues.

WomanSpirit Magazine. Wolf Creek and Sunny Valley, OR: WomanSpirit, #1, 1974; #2, 1974; #3, 1975; #4, 1975; #10, 1976; #11, 1977; #17,1978; #21, 1979; #25, 1980, #28, 1981; #32, 1982.

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