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
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.
Praise for Game Face: What Does a Female Athlete Look Like?…
“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