Gertrude Käsebier (American, 1852-1934) Clockwise:
Self Portrait, ca. 1912, platinum print, Woman Reading, ca. 1910, platinum print, Dancing School, ca. 1905, gum bichromate print, gifts of Hermime Turner
Gertrude Käsebier was born in 1852 in Des Moines, Iowa, daughter of John and Muncy Stanton. When she was still very young, Käsebier moved to Colorado where her father eventually became owner of a gold mine in Leadville. The trip across the plains by covered wagon and the frontier life near Indians sparked the imagination and adventuresome personality of Käsebier.
Käsebier returned east to attend the Moravian Seminary for Girls in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. In 1874, she married Edward Käsebier, a successful businessman with traditional values who was a native of Wiesbaden, Germany. Käsebier’s first trip to Europe was to meet her husband’s relatives in Germany. The Käsebiers lived in Brooklyn and had three children: Frederick W., Gertrude Elizabeth, and Hermine Mathilde.
With the duty of establishing a family behind her, at age 36 Gertrude Käsebier enrolled in the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn to study painting. She found an opportunity to go to Paris in 1896 by chaperoning a group of art students from Pratt. She took her daughters as well and spent the next two years in France and Germany. During this time, Käsebier began experimenting with her camera and became interested in the aesthetic treatment of photography.
Back in New York, Käsebier abandoned painting and opened a photography studio. Early exhibits of her work, at the Pratt Institute in 1897 and at the New York Camera Club in 1899, were well received and Gertrude Käsebier became known for the impressionistic, pictorial style of her photography. Alfred Stieglitz was an admirer of her work, and in 1902 she became a founding member of the Photo-Secession movement. In 1903, the first issue of Camera Work featured Gertrude Käsebier’s photography. She was elected the first woman member of London’s Linked Ring in 1900; and with Alvin Langdon Coburn and Clarence White, she co-founded Pictorial Photographers of America in 1916. Gertrude Käsebier continued her successful career with portrait work and pictorial assignments for magazines until five years before her death at age 82. She died in 1934 in New York City.
Kevin Meredith - I Dare The Wave, A Life To Save
On June 25th, in Brighton, The Miniclick Press will be launched with 5 titles by 5 different photographers based in Brighton. In addition to Kevin Meredith publications also come from Jack Latham, Jean-Luc Brouard, Ondra Loup and Kristina Salgvik. Please come and join us for the launch party, which features talks from all of the photographers. Weds June 25th / 7pm / The Old Market, Brighton / Free Entry. All the info Here.
On June 25th, in Brighton, The Miniclick Press will be launched with 5 titles by 5 different photographers based in Brighton. In addition to Ondra Loup, publications also come from Kevin Meredith, Jean-Luc Brouard, Kristina Salgvik and Jack Latham. Please come and join us for the launch party, which features talks from all of the photographers. Weds June 25th / 7pm / The Old Market, Brighton / Free Entry. All the info here.
Elephant Drinking, Amboseli, 2007 © NICK BRANDT
Rare Japanese photobook. Hiroshi Hamaya - Snow Land. http://www.photobookstore.co.uk/photobook-snow-land.html
© SHADI GHADIRIAN
Qajar #3, 1998
Shadi Ghadirian (Iranian b. 1974) is an Iranian photographer whose work is included in several prominent collections including the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C., the British Museum in London, and Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. Earning her BA in Photography from Azad University in Tehran, she gained international success from her series titled Qajar. The series consists of photographs of women in traditional studio backgrounds, posing with youthful accessories which for years had been banned by the Iranian government. Work from this series was included in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston’s recently acclaimed exhibition of Middle Eastern women photographers, She Who Tells a Story.
WINNING PHOTOS will be published in the November 2014 issue of Photographer’s Forum Magazine. All contest finalists will be published in the hardcover book Best of Photography 2014.
FINAL Entry :: by May 12, 2014
EXTENDED DEADLINE: MAY 19, 2014
Final entry fee is $5.95 per photo entered (all entries must be uploaded or postmarked on or before May 19, 2014).
No Limit to Quantity of Entries.
• Rights remain with photographer
• Subject matter is open
• Finalists notified by July 28, 2014
• Winners notified by August 11, 2014
This contest is open to all amateur photographers in the United States, Canada, and around the world.