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Edmund Teske (American, 1911-1996)

In his youth, Edmund Teske studied drawing, painting, saxophone, and piano, while pursuing photography on his own. He became a piano protégé of Ida Lustgarten, who hoped he would become a concert pianist. Teske met Stieglitz and Frank Lloyd Wright, and was selected as the first photography fellow at Taliesen, Wright's unique teaching community for design. He later moved to Los Angeles and found community with Aline Barnsdall, Wright's client, at her Hollyhock House. Elements of personal history, family, surrealism, theater, literature, music, and Vedanta philosophy are found in his photographs. Sandwiched negatives and "duotone solarization" enhance his complex emotional and literate prints.
- Anne Strader

Selected Bibliography
Cox, Julian. "Edmund Teske: Memory and Synthesis." History of Photography. Spring 1995. Pp. 67-75.

Teske, Edmund. Edmund Teske. Los Angeles: Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Park. Sept. 18-Oct. 20, 1974.

Wynne Bullock, Edmund Teske, Frederick Sommer. Northridge, CA: Art Dept., San Fernando Valley State College, 1967.


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