Elizabeth Partridge is the author of seventeen books, including Boots on the Ground: America's War in Vietnam, and Marching to Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don’t You Grow Weary. She's also written biographies on Dorothea Lange, Woody Guthrie, and John Lennon.
Growing up in a bohemian San Francisco family of photographers, I was surrounded by photographs. They were pinned up on the walls, scattered across tables, drip-drying from clotheslines strung outside darkrooms. The power and beauty of photography was laid into the matrix of my bones.
I love to uncover stories that have been hidden or lost. It’s exhilarating to plunge back in time and research someone’s life in the middle of a dynamic time of social change. I’m fascinated by personal courage – it can be the courage of a photographer, artist, or musician to bear witness and speak out, the courage of children to risk imprisonment for their beliefs, the courage of soldiers and refugees caught in devastating political struggles.