Bourret, Joan Liffring-Zug

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Bourret, Joan Liffring-Zug Gender: F
Joan Louise Liffring
born on 20 February 1929 at 05:30 (= 05:30 AM )
Place Iowa City, Iowa, 41n40, 91w32
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 01°22' s_mo.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 17°15 Asc.s_capcol.18.gif 29°33'


American photographer, book publisher, and civil rights activist, who became the first woman to photograph herself giving birth on 6 April 1951. She is a contributor of over 500,000 negatives from the 1940s to 2007 to the archives of the State Historical Society of Iowa and has been called Iowa's premier documentary photographer of the 20th century.

In 1996 she was inducted into the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame. She founded Penfield Books in 1979. Penfield Books has published more than 110 titles. Bourret's autobiography, Pictures and People: A Search for Visual Truth and Social Justice was awarded the Benjamin Franklin Award by the Independent Book Publishers Association in the category of Autobiographies/Memoirs in 2012.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Work : Gain social status 6 April 1951 (First woman to photograph herself giving birth)
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  • Work : Start Business 1979 (Penfield Books)
  • Work : Prize 1996 (Iowa Women's Hall of Fame)

Source Notes

Birth certificate in hand from Sy Scholfield, copy on file.


  • Vocation : Art : Photography
  • Vocation : Politics : Activist/ social (Civil rights)
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer ("Pictures and People")
  • Vocation : Writers : Publisher/ Editor
  • Notable : Awards : Hall of Fame (Iowa Women's)
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award
  • Notable : Famous : First in Field (First woman to photograph herself giving birth)