Women who took advantage of a boom in photography between 1870 and 1920 are the focus of a lunchtime history talk in Medford next week.

Women who took advantage of a boom in photography between 1870 and 1920 are the focus of a lunchtime history talk in Medford next week.

Suzanne M. M. Warner, curator for the Southern Oregon Historical Soceity, speaks from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Medford Branch Library, 205 S. Central Ave. The event is free and open to the public, which can bring a brown-bag lunch.

Some of the women began as assistants to another photographer, some were desperate to come up with a way to earn money and some were artists interested in exploring new ways to express themselves, Warner said. The talk will focus on the complications and commitment of the women who created images out in the field, in their kitchens and on the trail.

Warner will repeat the talk Aug. 12 at the Ashland library. The talks are part of a series offered by the library system and historical society.

Details: 899-8123.

— Staff reports