Tracing the Sapphic Modernist Archive:
Through Identity and Interconnection
This research project seeks to examine visual remnants of key female figures from the modernist movement from 1915-1925 through digitized photography archives. Using the Yale University Online Library database, Beinecke Digital Collections, I will analyze images both belonging to and documenting this sapphic modernist scene. The photographs have been selected from the collections of two key figures of this scene: Bryher and Margaret Anderson. By taking into consideration the material context of the images, I am able to decode ways in which individuals create a shared experience through photographs as they build sense of common identity and interconnection. What are we able to decipher from sapphic modernists’ modes of being together/apart based on the images they have left behind?