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Picture the Girl: Young Women Speak Their Minds Paperback – August 9, 2000
In two-to three-page profiles, in language candid and sharp, 35 brash yet vulnerable young women between the ages of 14 and 19 speak their minds about themselves and their lives. Shehyn has included young women of differing backgrounds, but many of their concerns are shared: problems with parents, self-image, school. There are, however, some surprises. These girls seem well aware of the challenges their gender faces today, and they're very alert to the consequences of drug abuse and unprotected sex. There's also a collective understanding that "if you don't have your mind set, you won't get nowhere." Shehyn, a photojournalist and part-time teacher at a San Francisco high school, matches the words with revealing portrait photos. Purposely coquettish, awkwardly pensive, sweet, or filled with genuine joy, the faces are as varied as the girls' personal stories. Stephanie Zvirin
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About the Author
Audrey Shehyn has spent the last ten years as a professional photojournalist and documentary photographer, and is a part-time teacher at a San Francisco Bay area high school.