Marguerite Baker Johnson, a native of Brussels, Belgium was a female photographer noted as the first woman to take photographs inside the arena at “Cheyenne Frontier Days”, a task formerly conducted by men due to the dangerous setting. Her photos appeared in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Automotive Periodicals, London Times, Daily Mirror, Us Camera Annual, British Photography Yearbook, Popular Photography Annual while her esteemed son’s work appeared in Life Magazine, Fortune Magazine and many advertisements in the 1950s and 1960s. Together their work spans decades 1940s through the 1970s. Her work chronicles the less glamourous, more mundane side of American life; one of shopkeepers and highways, factory workers and lay-bys. It’s a remarkable look at American life without the usual hubris that surrounded the country’s confidence both at home and abroad.
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