June 14~ Pride Month

Berenice Abbott and Elizabeth McCausland

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The art critic <<<Elizabeth McCausland sought out Berenice>>> in 1934 and transformed her life. For thirty years, until McCausland’s death, the two women were devoted companions and professional soul mates. ~The Paris Review

 

 

In 1937 the Museum of the City of New York mounted an exhibition, Changing New York, of Abbott’s photographs for the FAP. This prompted interest in publishing a Changing New York book that would include both the photographs and captions written by Elizabeth McCausland, a writer, art critic, and Abbott’s longtime partner.
~MCNY Blog: New York Stories

McSorley’s Ale House, 15 East 7th Street, Manhattan by Berenice Abbott
1937 / Silver gelatin print / from the Book Changing New York

June 13~ Pride Month

Marcel Moore and Claude Cahun

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The creative alliance between Cahun and Moore formed in provincial Nantes, where, in 1909, the fifteen-year-old Lucie Schwob (who would later adopt the pen name Claude Cahun) encountered the seventeen-year-old beaux-arts student Suzanne Malherbe (Marcel Moore) in what they both described as “une rencontre foudroyante.” [an electric encounter] ~Acting Out: Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore

Self-portraits by Marcel Moore and Claude Cahun
c.1920 / Gelatin silver print / Jersey Heritage Collections/Jersey Heritage

Fashion illustrations by Marcel Moore
1916 & 1915 / Sketch on paper / Jersey Heritage Collections/Jersey Heritage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Je Tends les Bras by Claude Cahun
1931 or 1932 / Gelatin silver print / Tate Britain, London, UK

June 6~ Pride Month

Frances Benjamin Johnston and Mattie Edwards Hewitt

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Around the time she turned thirty, Fannie met Mattie Edwards Hewitt, the then-wife of the St. Louis photographer Arthur Hewitt — a marriage the arrangements of which remain unclear, but appear to have been largely for practical purposes. Mattie worked in her husband’s darkroom and was herself passionate about photography, so when Johnston first encountered Hewitt’s work, she was impressed and complimented it effusively. This mutuality of creative admiration soon blossomed into romantic love… ~brainpickings.org/

 

 

Puritan Simplicity in the Loomis Chapel by Mattie Edwards Hewitt
c.1917 / Gelatin silver print / New York Public Library Prints & Photographs

 

 

 

 

Albert Herter house, Georgica Pond, East Hampton, New York
by Johnston-Hewitt Studio
1913 / Digital file from original gelatin silver print

National Photography Month~ May 31

The False Hellebore by Imogen Cunningham

1926 / Gelatin silver print / 8 3/4″x9″ / Imogen Cunningham Archives, Imogen Cunningham Trust, Berkeley, CA

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In 1932, with this unsentimental, straightforward approach in mind, Cunningham became one of the co-founders of the Group f/64, which aimed to “define photography as an art form by a simple and direct presentation through purely photographic methods”. ~Lumière On Line

National Photography Month~ May 30

Brother William of the Shaker Settlement, Mount Lebanon, NY
by Doris Ulmann

c.1925-1927 / Platinum print / 8 1/16″x6″
Various collections including The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA

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Her photographs helped change the way we perceive and therefore represent the people she photographed, from quaint, picturesque peasants to individuals with dignity and purpose in the modern world. ~Prints & Photographs Reading Room, LOC

National Photography Month~ May 29

The Grape-Vine Swing by Mary Morgan Keipp

c.1900-1904 / Platinum print / Image: 8 1/4″x6 1/4″ / Smithsonian American Art Museum, DC

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Because her photographic activity was not reported in Selma newspapers and was completely unknown outside her family at her death, her images were apparently not intended to influence Alabamians’ ideas about race and culture. Instead, they are most appropriately viewed as Keipp’s personal appreciation of rural and small-town Alabama life and a means of artistic and perhaps social discovery.
~Encyclopedia of Alabama

National Photography Month~ May 28

French WWI soldiers warm themselves around a fire behind the lines in Lorraine
by Harriet Chalmers Adams

1917 / Digital image found online / National Geographic Image Collection, DC

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[Harriet Chalmers Adams] traversed Asia and attended Haile Selassie’s coronation as emperor of Ethiopia. During World War I, she was the first female journalist allowed to photograph the French trenches, where she stayed for months. ~nationalgeographic.co.uk

National Photography Month~ May 27

Voices of the Woods by Caroline Haskins Gurrey

1909 / Photo print / 10″x12″ / National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

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Between 1905 and 1909, Gurrey produced a series of fifty portraits of Native Hawaiians and other young men and women of mixed-race heritage, largely depicting people from the Kamehamaha School. These portraits were exhibited at the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in Seattle, Washington, and some were shown at the San Francisco Exposition (1915).
~Smithsonian National Anthropological Archives

National Photography Month~ May 26

A Ruby Kindles in the Vine by Adelaide Hanscom Leeson

1905, 1909, 1912, 1914 / From The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam translated by Edward FitzGerald,
illustrated with photographs by Adelaide Hanscom Leeson and Blanche Cumming

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In late 1903 she began working on a series of photographs to illustrate the classic selection of poems, The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. The concept of illustrating a literary work with fine art photographs was new at that time, and The Rubaiyat was one of the very first American books in this genre.
~Wikipedia

National Photography Month~ May 25

Helen Keller by the Gerhard Sisters

c.1914 / Photographic print from copy neg
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, DC

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The Gerhards began their photography careers as young women. They studied for three years with Fitz W. Guerin, the best-known St. Louis portraitist and a photographer of staged scenes. When Guerin retired in January 1903, the Gerhards acquired his studio and negatives.
~Prints & Photographs Reading Room, LOC