Take Two for June 18, 2013

Pioneering photojournalist Helen Brush Jenkins dies

Helen Brush Jenkins

Helen Brush Jenkins

Los Angeles Daily News photographer Helen Brush Jenkins photographs her newborn baby. As a female news photographer, Brush Jenkins was a pioneering presence at the old Los Angeles Daily News beginning in the early 1940s when she was hired because so many cameramen were away at war.

Helen Brush Jenkins was a pioneering photojournalist for the old Los Angeles Daily News starting in the early 1940s. She was hired because so many cameramen were away during World War II, but quickly established her credentials in a field where women were rare. 

Brush Jenkins died last Wednesday in her Chicago home days after suffering a stroke, she was 94. 

In her career, she photographed President Harry Truman, first lady Eleanor Roosevelt and movie stars like John Wayne and Charlie Chaplin. 

For more, we're joined by Bryan Carmody, director of an upcoming documentary about Helen Brush Jenkins, called "Flashes Of Light."

Flashes of Light - Extended Trailer from Screen Door on Vimeo.


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