Blogging from A to Z Challenge: K is for…Gertrude Käsebier (#AtoZChallenge)

Welcome to my April 2020 Great and Powerful Blogging from A to Z Challenge!

Gertrude Käsebier (1852-1934) was an American photographer, best known “for her evocative images of women and domestic scenes.” (https://www.britannica.com/biography/Gertrude-Kasebier).  Käsebier began attending art school at 37, after marrying and having three children.  I think it’s amazing that she moved herself and her family around (in those days!), attending various art schools and studying abroad.   Many of her most famous portraits were of Native Americans, but “[u]nlike her contemporary Edward Curtis, Käsebier focused more on the expression and individuality of the person than the costumes and customs.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gertrude_K%C3%A4sebier)

Over the years, she worked closely with Alfred Stieglitz, and before they had a falling out, they worked to establish the Women’s Professional Photographers Association of America.  I quite like her portraits, as they are not your typical, staring at the camera formally kind of portraits.

Wife of American Horse, Dakota Sioux (public domain)

“Portrait of the Photographer,” manipulated self-portrait by Gertrude Käsebier (public domain)

Resources:

Gertrude Käsebier at Wikipedia

Gertrude Käsebier at J. Paul Getty Museum

Gertrude Käsebier at Encyclopedia Britannica

Gertrude Käsebier at MoMA

Thanks for visiting my 2020 A to Z Challenge – Letter K.  You can find links to more blogs participating in this challenge at A to Z 2020 Challenge Master List (Google Docs).

Posted on April 13, 2020, in A to Z Challenge, photography, Photos I took, Writing and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. K is for Killin’ it! I have never heard of more than a few of these female photographers. You really did your homework!

  2. That is impressive that she pursued her dreams that way. Weekends In Maine

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