On playing fields and street corners, in backyards and gyms, the people in this arresting array of pictures are unselfconsciously exploring the physical and emotional pleasures of competition and play. Each image offers an affirming and satisfying answer to the question at the heart of "Game Face" What do girls and women look like when freed from traditional feminine constraints, using their bodies in joyful and empowering ways?
To show America what women's sports looks like, Jane Gottesman searched through the work of our country's best photographers, from the newest photojournalists to artists such as Annie Leibovitz and Ansel Adams. The result is a unique and inspiring document of the tremendous impact that the growth of female sports at all levels is having on society--and on women themselves.
About the Author
Geoffrey Biddle is a freelance photographer whose work has appeared in "GEO, U.S. News & World Report, The New York Times, Fortune, " and "GRANTA". His work has been displayed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He lives on the Lower East Side in New York City. Miguel Algarin is an internationally recognized poet and theatrical director and producer. Director of the Nuyorican Poets' Cafe on the Lower East Side, he has taught at Rutgers University since 1965.
Jane Gottesman, Game Face project director and co-curator, was a reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle, a contributing writer to Women's Sports & Fitness magazine, a writer and associate producer for ABC Sports, and co-editor of the book Play Like a Girl. She lives in Berkeley, California, and New York City.
The Game Face Collection was co-curated by Geoffrey Biddle, a photographer, educator, and author of the book Alphabet City.
Penny Marshall is an actress, producer, and director. From 1976 until 1983, she starred as Laverne DeFazio in the classic TV sitcom Laverne and Shirley. She went on to direct films such as Big (1988), the first movie directed by a woman to gross in excess of $100 million at the U.S. box office, Awakenings (1990), which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, and A League of Their Own (1992), which also made over $100 million in the U.S. More recently, she has directed episodes of United States of Tara (2009) and guest-starred on Portlandia (2011).
“A marvelous collection, in photographs and words, of women athletes.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer
“[Game Face] is designed to broaden, deepen and perhaps even transform
long-standing perceptions of the female as athlete.”—The Washington Post
“Years before it even occurred to me that there might be different standards in the way we cover male and female athletes, Jane Gottesman was on the case.”—The New York Times
“Explodes the perception of sports as a male bastion.”—Time Out New York
“This book is terrific. . . . I am giving it to my granddaughter . . . and I hope it will inspire her to be whatever she wants to be.”—Philadelphia Daily News
“We see women large and small, slim, powerful, straining, graceful, awkward, in their prime and well past it. What we do not see is cheesecake.”—The Denver Post