National Photography Month~ May 20

Theodore Roosevelt by Zaida Ben-Yúsuf

c.1899 / Platinum print / 8″x6 1/3″ / Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, DC

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Starting in 1896, Ben-Yúsuf worked in several areas of photography–fine art, fashion, theater, celebrity portraiture, newspapers, and illustration–and also wrote magazine articles with photographic illustrations. In the art photography field, she rose quickly to the highest echelons in London and New York. ~Prints & Photographs Reading Room

National Photography Month~ May 19

Mending the Net by Nancy Ford Cones

1910 / Gelatin silver print / 7 1/2″x9 1/2″ / Ohio History Connection and the State Library of Ohio

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Mr. Cones gave up his own career as a photographer to develop his wife’s prints, using the gum-bichromate process that enabled the developer to not only retouch but to further enhance images through the addition of color or shading. ~http://historiccamera.com/

National Photography Month~ May 18

Edge of the Cliff (Along the Cliff) by Myra Albert Wiggins

1902 / Gelatin silver print / Image: 8″x6″
Various collections, including Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA

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…from 1891 to 1894 she studied painting at the Art Students League in New York…While in New York, Wiggins joined the Society of Amateur Photographers and met Stieglitz, who inducted her into the Photo-Secession when he established the group in 1902. ~The Oregon Encyclopedia

National Photography Month~ May 17

Untitled (also known as The Breeze) by Anne Brigman

1918 / Gelatin silver print / 9 3/4″x7 3/4″ / Various collections, including The Art Institute of Chicago, IL

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Brigman was one of the first women to photograph nudes in a wilderness landscape. Her images deliberately resemble charcoal drawings, as she sought to capture the spirit of her subject rather than a faithful reproduction.
~Smithsonian American Art Museum

National Photography Month~ May 16

Portrait of Thomas Nathan Barnard by Nellie Stockbridge

1890 / Scan from glass negative / 8 1/2″x6 1/2″
Barnard-Stockbridge Photograph Collection, Digital Initiatives, University of Idaho Library, Moscow, ID

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Thomas Barnard, when he was mayor of Wallace, in a pose that has the mayor sitting sideways on an arm chair, cigar in hand, foot over arm rest and reading a newspaper. Her intent for this unusual pose is believed to be the desire to show a person with “class and authority,” but at the same time whimsical and approachable. ~Barnard-Stockbridge Museum

National Photography Month~ May 15

Railroad Crew on Handcar by Evelyn Cameron

1910 / Scanned image from glass negative / 7″x5″ / Montana Historical Society, Helena, MT

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Using a new Graflex camera with a nine-inch Goerz lens, which she bought in 1905 for the princely sum of $225.50, Evelyn worked on commission for the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad, making the harsh land of eastern Montana look seductive to homesteaders.
~Encyclopedia of the Great Plains

National Photography Month~ May 14

Ben and Bijan by Eva Watson-Schütze

1904-21 / Platinum print / 7 15/16″x6 1/4″ Various collections, including MoMA, NY, NY

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In 1902 she was elected to membership in the Linked Ring, an important London-based organization that promoted pictorialism, which emphasized artistic as opposed to purely documentary photography. The following year she helped found the Photo-Secession…in 1905 Alfred Stieglitz exhibited her work at his influential New York Gallery, 291.
~National Museum of Women in the Arts

National Photography Month~ May 13

Henry James by Alice Boughton

c.1906 / Gelatin silver print / 7 15/16″x5 3/16″
Various collections, including National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, D.C.

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It is not known when she met Stieglitz, but it is clear he knew of and admired her work by 1902 when he included two of her works in the inaugural exhibition at his Little Galleries of the Photo-Secession in New York City. This relationship continued for many years as in 1906, Boughton was appointed by Stieglitz as a Fellow of the Photo-Secession. ~Wikipedia

National Photography Month~ May 12

Portrait by Belle Johnson

From the book The American Annual of Photography, 1917

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By 1914, Johnson had won over 30 gold and silver medals in various photographic competitions. She was a member of the Missouri delegation at the PAA’s Milwaukee convention in 1920, and three of her photos were displayed at the PAA’S 1930 convention. ~Wikipedia

National Photography Month~ May 11

Yokohama Woman and Baby by Helen Messinger Murdoch

c.1913 / Autochrome / Royal Photographic Society Collection / Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK

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Murdoch decided to embark on a round the world tour, notably the first woman photographer to make such a journey, photographing on both autochrome plates and black and white negatives.
~Luminous-Lint