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Hansel Mieth (1909-1998)

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Hansel Mieth and Otto Hagel Archive External link,
Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ

Finding Aid for the Hansel Mieth and Otto Hagel Archive External link Arizona Archives Online

Hansel Mieth, Photographs in the LIFE Magazine Archive External link, access via Google Images


By Mieth

Mieth, Hansel. Simple Life, Photographs from America, 1929-1971. Stuttgart: Schmetterling Verlag, 1991.

About Mieth

Brown, Robert W. "Hansel Mieth Gets Them to Pose," Popular Photography (April 1941): 113.

Cosgrove, Ben. "Behind the Picture: Hansel Mieth's Wet, Unhappy Monkey." External link TIME, July 10, 2014.

Flamiano, Dolores. "A Life of Their Own: Hansel Mieth's Photographic Essays," [PDF, 23 MB] External link Media History Monographs 7 (2004): 1-29.

___. "Heroes of Hell Hole Swamp: Photographs of South Carolina Midwives by Hansel Mieth and W. Eugene Smith." External link Southern Cultures 17 (Summer 2011): 71-94.

___. "Meaning, Memory and Misogyny: Life Photographer Hansel Mieth's Monkey Portrait." Afterimage 33: (2005): 22-30.

___. "Too Human for Life: Hansel Mieth's Photographs of Heart Mountain Internment Camp," Visual Communication Quarterly 11 (Summer-Autumn, 2004): 4-17.

Inouye, Mamoru. The Heart Mountain Story: Photographs by Hansel Mieth and Otto Hagel of the World War II Internment of Japanese Americans. Exhibition in 1995 at the Vision Gallery in San Francisco. [Los Gatos, CA]: M. Inouye, 1997, 88 p. (Not held by The Library of Congress)

Leshne, Carla. The San Francisco Film and Photo League External link.

Light, Ken. "Hansel Mieth: The Depression and the Early Days of Life." In Witness in Our Time: Working Lives of Documentary Photographers. 15-23. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2000.

Loengard, John. LIFE Photographers: What They Saw. New York: Bullfinch Press, 1998, 74-87.

Pitts, Terence. "Otto Hagel & Hansel Mieth." In Reframing America: Alexander Alland, Otto Hagel and Hansel Mieth, John Gutmann, Lisette Model, Marion Palfi, Robert Frank. 30-49. Tucson, AZ: Center for Creative Photography, 1995.

Polony, Csaba, ed. "On the Life and Work of Otto Hagel and Hansel Mieth, Narrated by Hansel Mieth Hagel." Left Curve 13 (1988-89): 4-18.

Schiesari, Nancy. "Hansel Mieth: Vagabond Photographer." External link Independent Lens program, 2003.

Stein, Sally. "On Location: The Placement (and Replacement) of California in 1930s Photography." In Reading California: Art, Image, and Identity, 1900-2000, edited by Stephanie Barron, Sheri Bernstein, Ilene Susan Fort, 171-198. Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2000.

Street, Richard Steven. Photographing Farmworkers in California. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2004.

___. Everyone Had Cameras: Photography and Farmworkers in California, 1850-2000. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2008.

Zandy, Janet. Unfinished Stories: The Narrative Photography of Hansel Mieth and Marion Palfi. Rochester, NY: RIT Press, in Association with the Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson, [2013].


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