Aileen and Eugene Smith discuss their photographic essay book, "'Minamata', Words and Photographs," documenting the mercury poisoning of residents and their legal battles with the polluting company Chisso.
Discussing the book "Cat's Eye," (published by Bantam Books) with the author Margaret Atwood.
Studs discusses the book "The Hidden World of Misericords" with authors Dorothy and Henry Kraus. They describe how they discovered an entire European collection of church-located woodcarvings depicting a wide variety of scenes crafted by local artisans. Hundreds of years of political, religious, and social events shaped the portrayals and they explore many of the illustrations in their book, focusing on the themes of labor, animals, and religion. They marvel at the skill and craftsmanship and observe that the works can be a rich source of primary research material for modern scholars.
Carol Wald's book, "Myth America: Picturing Women, 1865-1945", came about after she saw some pictures of women and how they were depicted. Wald asked herself if the images of the tacky, frail American women represented her. Various images like sheet music, postcards, and advertisement posters showed women as good girls, nice girls, pious and pure. Wald's point is women are not perfect angels nor are they angelic all the time.