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Gertrude Käsebier (American, 1852-1934)

Iowa-born Gertrude Käsebier suppressed her artistic aspirations until she was thirty-six. She began to study painting in 1889 at Pratt Institute and was influenced by Arthur Wesley Dow. Käsebier opened a photographic portrait studio in Manhattan in 1898. In 1902, she became a founding member of Stieglitz's Photo-Secession and the first issue of Camera Work was devoted to her photographs. She later resigned and joined The Pictorial Photographers of America in 1916. Her revolutionary contributions to portraiture influenced countless photographers, including Laura Gilpin and Imogene Cunningham. Käsebier closed her studio in 1929 and had a final exhibition at the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences.
- Virginia Lee Lierz

Selected Bibliography
Homer, William Innes. A Pictorial Heritage: The Photographs of GERTRUDE KASEBIER. Delaware: Delaware Art Museum, 1979.

Michaels, Barbara L. GERTRUDE KASEBIER The Photographer and her Photographs. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1992.

Tucker, Anne, ed. The Woman's Eye. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1973.


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