■ BY SUE ERWIN
Established photographer Susan Wood will be speaking at the Johann Fust Community Library at 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 22 about her new book, “Women: Portraits 1960 – 2000.”
The recently published book is a coffee table-style large compilation of photos and stories about women she has met through her career.
Some of the iconic women depicted in the book include Martha Stewart, Yoko Ono and Alice Waters, who spearheaded some of the first farm-to- table dining options in public schools.
Woods attended Sara Lawrence College in New York and studied fine arts.
“From a young age I was very involved in the art world and with theories of art, but I was just fascinated with photography,” she said.
She went on to study at Yale and accepted a job just shy of earning a master’s degree.
Polaroid commissioned her to lead a project with student photography, and from there her career began to grow.
She has done photography work in several countries and for publications like British Vogue, Esquire and Look magazine.
“I loved being a professional photographer, and it was wonderful getting paid for something I enjoyed doing for a living,” she said.
Upon entering her Boca Grande home, there is an enlarged, framed copy of a portrait she took on scene at the beginning of the iconic film “Easy Rider.” It was taken from an exhibit held in New York City.
“I feel the archives in the book are very interesting – especially for women,” Woods said. “The women depicted really were the first glass ceiling breakers … and so much has changed over the last 50 years … what’s going on now in society is really the second wave of feminism.”
Woods said it took about three months to complete the book, which was published in December of 2017. Along with her photos, there are humorous captions and stories throughout the book to help the reader understand her experience.
The Johann Fust Community Library Foundation and the Boca Grande Camera Club are sponsoring the free event on March 22.
A reception will follow the discussion.
“She has an amazing portfolio,” said Bobbie Marquis, executive director at the Johann Fust Library Foundation. “Boca Grande resident JoAnne Barwick will be introducing her, as they worked together in New York.”
For more information, visit JFCL.org.