By Susan Faludi
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling writer of Backlash, comes In the Darkroom, an stunning war of words with the enigma of her father and the bigger riddle of id eating our age.
"In the summer time of 2004 I got down to examine anyone I scarcely knew, my father. The undertaking all started with a criticism, the criticism of a daughter whose guardian had absconded from her lifestyles. i used to be in pursuit of a scofflaw, an crafty dodger who had skipped out on such a lot of things—obligation, affection, culpability, contrition. i used to be getting ready an indictment, collecting discovery for a tribulation. yet someplace alongside the road, the prosecutor turned a witness."
So starts Susan Faludi's awesome inquiry into the that means of identification within the smooth international and in her personal haunted family members saga. whilst the feminist author realized that her 76-year-old father—long estranged and dwelling in Hungary—had gone through intercourse reassignment surgical procedure, that...
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From the ’60s to the ’80s, Condé Nast relied on my father to perform many of the most difficult darkroom alterations for the photography that appeared in its premier magazines, Vogue, Glamour, House & Garden, Vanity Fair, Brides. ” My father performed his “tricks” on the work of some of the most celebrated fashion photographers of the time—Richard Avedon, Francesco Scavullo, Irving Penn, Bert Stern—at several commercial photo agencies and, later, on his own at his one-man business, Lenscraft Studios, in a garment-district loft previously occupied by fashion photographer Hank Londoner.