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“In the Shadow of Genius: The Brooklyn Bridge and Its Creators” reimagines the story behind the span and its engineers through the lens of  Barbara Mensch, a photographer who has lived for decades in a maritime warehouse overlooking her subject. Her images are gripping and unconventional, her discoveries palpable and personal as she writes persuasively in defining the genius of the Roebling family.

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“In the Shadow of Genius, photographer and author Barbara Mensch takes the reader on a unique journey by recalling her experiences living alongside the (Brooklyn) bridge for more than 30 years, and then by tracing her own curious path to understand the brilliant minds and remarkable lives of those who built it: John, Washington, and Emily Roebling… The book creatively fuses contemporary photography with the historical record, giving the reader a new perspective on contemplating the masterwork.”


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Read the latest feature about In The Shadow of Genius in Downtown Magazine and F-Stop Magazine.

Watch Barbara’s interview with Cheryl McCathy on CUNY TV’s One to One.

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Alison included “In the Shadow of Genius” as one of their Best of 2018 on Instagram.

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“In the Shadow of Genius” is Amazon’s Featured History Book of the Month

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Praise for In The Shadow of Genius...

"IN THE SHADOW OF GENIUS: THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE AND ITS CREATORS is a brilliant look at one of the most famous bridges in the world by photographer and author Barbara Mensch. As one who has lived in its shadow for three decades, Mensch brings an intimate awareness of the towering structure through her evocative photographs and personal narrative.
- Goodreads - 5 stars

"An interesting narrative about those who built the Brooklyn Bridge.  Personally, I was mostly impressed by the pictures in the book which I think are stunning.  The artist looked for beauty and I believe the pictures can really attest to it."- NetGalley - 5 stars

"The charm of this book is that it proceeds from the viewpoint of a superb visual artist who uses this particular structure and cityscape, the Brooklyn Bridge, as her muse. It is this personal encounter with the physical sites of her protagonists that makes the book so unusual. As well, her exploration of the inner chambers of the bridge is novel and thrilling.”
- Phillip Lopate, Author, Film & Art Critic