* Some in my readership may know that I wrote my master's thesis about the photographer Frances Benjamin Johnston, and I retain a soft spot for female photographers, particularly those with a feisty bent. I was delighted to read this article in the New York Times about the work of German photographer Elisabeth Hase (1905-1991), whose work is being exhibited in the United States for the first time at the Robert Mann Gallery in New York. Reviewer Vicki Goldberg highlights the themes and experiments in Hase's work that were later explored by Cindy Sherman and describes Hase's defiant spirit. My personal favorite section of the article discusses her reaction to criticism by photographer Paul Wolff: "Mr. Wolff wrote his former assistant nasty letters, calling her headstrong, defiant, and a rival who was merely copying him. Ms. Hase wrote him angrily that she never considered his way the only way to see the world."