The MCA Store presents a book signing to celebrate the release of Melissa Ann Pinney’ Girl Ascending (published by The Center for American Places at Columbia College).For nearly thirty years, Melissa Ann Pinney has been making photographs of girls and women, from infancy to old age, to portray how feminine identity is constructed, taught, and communicated. Pinney’s work depicts not only the rites of American womanhood, but also the informal passages of girlhood and adolescence.
Pinney’s photographs are powerful and insightful. As social and artistic documents, they reveal the subtle and bold aspects of feminine identity as it is expressed in American spaces and places, both private and public. Girl Ascending is a major contribution to those who appreciate fine-art photography and women’s studies.