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Momma Love: How The Mother Half Lives [Hardcover]

Ali Smith , Joan Blades


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May 1 2013 1938183118 978-1938183119
When cutting-edge portrait photographer and documentarian Ali Smith set out to explore contemporary motherhood, she was determined to capture not only its great joys but its conflicts, compromises, messiness, and unpredictable mix of emotions—and to allow a wide range of fascinating women to tell their stories in their own voices. The result is a cinematic blend of Smith’s bold photography and the enthralling words of real women caught in the midst of real life at its most intense.
Among the mothers you’ll meet in Momma Love are Oscar-nominated actress Amy Ryan, who talks about being a mother in image-obsessed Hollywood; rock musician Alyson Palmer, who has taken both of her children on tour for years for what she calls “road schooling”; and Deborah Kopaken Cogan, who traded her harrowing life as a war photographer for the challenges of motherhood—enduring criticism as a “quitter” from her colleagues and the media. They are just a few of Ali’s subjects, who come from a wide range of backgrounds and places but share a penchant for honest self-reflection.
Perusing Momma Love is like entering into an honest, gutsy conversation that women of all ages will want to join, whether they are just curious about motherhood; contemplating it in earnest, as the author was when she began her journey; or deep in the throes of it. It is also for fans of great documentary photography that sticks in the mind and heart forever.


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“Ali Smith is a talented, original, and inventive photographer with a passion for women’s issues.” –Amy Arbus, photographer

“Ali Smith’s photos show artists both as they want to be and as they are. That takes a brilliant eye.” –Mary Karr, bestselling author of The Liar’s Club and Cherry

“Ali Smith is a visionary. I think she’s an amazing photographer, a great musician, really insightful, a great storyteller, and a magnet for really cool, interesting women. I love her politics. I love her point of view. In my Mount Rushmore of women I admire, she’s right up there with Dorothy Day and Zelda Fitzgerald, and all those other great crackpots.” –Karen Duffy, television personality, model, and author of Model Patient

About the Author

Ali Smith has been a ballet dancer and a rock musician as well as a photographer. Her first book, Laws of the Bandit Queens, was released in 2002 by Three Rivers Press and has been called “this generation’s quintessential homage to strong, smart, groundbreaking women.” She has been profiled on Oxygen Television and in New York Magazine and Women’s Wear Daily, reviewed in Elle Girl, and was briefly “the face of Cosmopolitan Magazine.” She has exhibited her work at the International Center of Photography, Milk Studios, and Sandbox Studios, among other places and has been a visiting artist at ICP, New York University, and Alfred University. A grant fromthe Puffin Foundation funded Ali’s work photographing incarcerated mothers and their children, and the resulting photo essay was published in a national magazine. She lives in her hometown of New York City with her husband, a photojournalist, and their son.

Joan Blades is the cofounder of MoveOn and MomsRising.

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5.0 out of 5 stars What's going on? June 25 2014
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Why is this book selling for hundreds of dollars on amazon? It's listed on the writer's website for purchase online for $45, and in several NYC bookstores too. I rely on Amazon being a one stop shop for picking up items as gifts, for myself, etc and am disturbed to see this listed by third party sellers for $277! Don't understand it.

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