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Germaine Greer

1988
Jacqueline Mitelman

gelatin silver photograph on paper (66 cm x 51 cm)

Germaine Greer (b. 1939), writer, critic and academic, is the author of the influential feminist book, The Female Eunuch (1970), which examines the ways in which passivity in women has been encouraged. The book was a sensation; it has never been out of print since it was first published, has been translated into twelve languages and has sold over one million copies. Born in Melbourne, Greer has not lived in Australia since the 1960s, but remains one of the country's best-known expatriates. For nearly forty years she has been an international academic and media personality and a truculent spokesperson on women's issues; thousands of fans and foes await her next provocative pronouncement. Greer has a PhD from Cambridge University and her diverse books include The Obstacle Race (1979), about women painters; Sex and Destiny (1984), about the politics of fertility; The Change (1991), about menopause; and The Beautiful Boy (2003), about the representation of boys in art. The Germaine Greer Archive at the University of Melbourne contains Greer's great collection of papers, documenting her work from 1959 to 2010 and including a rich trove of letters.

Jacqueline Mitelman's portrait of Greer reveals the photographer's trademark painterly effects, use of natural light and shadow, and close focus.

Purchased 1999
© Jacqueline Mitelman

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Artist and subject

Jacqueline Mitelman (age 36 in 1988)

Dr Germaine Greer (age 49 in 1988)

Subject professions

Activism

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