Join us for a virtual author conversation on Women & Children First's Crowdcast Channel featuring JEB (Joan E. Biren) and Alison Bechdel. The two authors will be discussing Eye to Eye: Portraits of Lesbians.
The women in these portraits were some of the first dykes I ever laid eyes on, and the book feels like a lost family album. -Alison Bechdel
In 1979, JEB self-published her first book, Eye to Eye: Portraits of Lesbians. In a work that was revolutionary for its era, JEB made photographs of lesbians from different ages and backgrounds in their everyday lives--working, playing, raising families, and striving to remake their worlds. The photographs were accompanied by writings from acclaimed authors including Audre Lorde, Adrienne Rich, Joan Nestle, and others. Various women pictured in the book also shared their personal stories. Eye to Eye signaled a radical new way of seeing--moving lesbian lives from the margins to the center, and reversing a history of invisibility. More than just a book, it was an affirmation of the existence of lesbians that helped to propel a political movement. Reprinted for the first time in forty years, Eye to Eye is a faithful reproduction of a work that still resonates today. This edition features additional essays from artist and writer Tee Corinne, former World Cup soccer player Lori Lindsey, and photographer Lola Flash.
JEB (Joan E. Biren) is an internationally recognized documentary artist and activist. She began to chronicle the lives of LGBTQ+ people in 1971, publishing groundbreaking books and making award-winning films. JEB, now in her 70s, lives surrounded by chosen family and frequently tries to retire from photography and filmmaking. Her plan is never to retire from social justice activism.
Alison Bechdel is a cartoonist. She is the creator of the Bechdel test, and her work includes the long-running comic strip “Dykes to Watch Out For” as well as the graphic memoirs “Fun Home” and “Are You My Mother?” She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a MacArthur Fellowship. Her book “The Secret to Superhuman Strength” will be out in May.