In the Shadow of a Genius is the newest book by photographer and author Barbara Mensch. The author combines her striking photographs with a powerful first-person narrative. She takes the reader on a unique journey by recalling her experiences living alongside the Bridge for over 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.
Many of Mensch's photographs were inspired by her visits to the Roebling archives housed at Rutgers University where she pieced together through notebooks, diaries, letters, and drawings, the seminal locations and events that impacted their lives. The project fuses the record of history with contemporary imagery.
Fernanda Perrone, Curator of Special Collections and the Roebling Family Archive at Rutgers University has contributed an introduction. The manuscript was edited by Bonnie Yochelson, art historian who has published books on Bernice Abbott, Alfred Stieglitz, and Jacob Riis.