Alice Austen: A Hero for Gay Women

December 17, 2019

Alice Austen (1866-1952) was one of America’s earliest and most prolific female photographers, and over the course of her life she captured about 8000 images. She was also gay, and had a lover for more than 50 years. Not the norm at all in the late 1800’s! Her home was turned into a museum, The Alice Austen House, and showcases her work as well as other photographers. Alice’s photos have much to say about the plight of the immigrant in NY during the late 19th century. A separate collection of photos highlights her personal life and offers a rarely seen window into the life of gay men and women during that same time period. Join Gregg as he talks with the museum’s executive director, Victoria Munro, about the amazing life this woman led as well as the history of the museum itself which until recently hid Alice’s sexuality and now celebrates it.

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