Victoria Lena Manyarrows, from Imagery: Women Writers
1996, Jean Weisinger

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Jean Weisinger

Jean Weisinger is based in Oakland. She has traveled to England, Amsterdam, Germany, Cuba, Australia, New Zealand, Bali, Africa, Jamaica, Mexico and The South of the United States, documenting people of color for her up-coming books. Jean's photographs have been published in and on numerous books, magazines, journals, and newspapers, as well as posters, post cards and calendars. Marlon Riggs/Signifying Works-Black Is ... Black Ain't, and EarthBeat, "A Priority"- Sweet Honey in the Rock, are just two of the films that include her work.

In October, 1990, she documented the "I Am Your Sister," conference honoring Audre Lorde and her work. Jean has exhibited in selected group exhibitions as well as selected one-person exhibitions in the Bay Area, Northern California, New York, Cuba, Georgia, and Uganda, Africa.

Her photographs have been collected by collectors throughout the world. Jean's vision is to travel around the world and to document the beautiful, spirited earth's people, and to make powerful photographic books as gifts to the world. Her portraits of Alice Walker and Audre Lorde have been widely published. Jean believes that her photographs capture the true spirit of people's heart. "I take photographs to not only document these times and the lives of those who cross my path, but also to express myself. Photography is a passion born within me, a necessity that is not governed by monetary payment. It has become part of the progress toward freedom and love. Photographing is an act of love."

In February 1997, Jean traveled to Kerala, South India, to document an event (that happens every spring) where over four hundred thousand women from all religions, castes and classes line the streets of Thiruvananthapuram with their pots to cook porridge for the goddess Bhagavathi.

Her work is represented in the collections of Alice Walker, San Francisco, CA.; Caribbean Cultural Center, New York, NY; Audre Lorde's Health Center, Los Angeles, CA.; San Francisco Women's Building, San Francisco.

Thirty-three of her photographs of women writers have been published by Aunt Lute Books called Imagery: Women Writers.

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