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Genthe, Arnold
Arnold Genthe (1869-1942)
Birth Place Berlin, Germany
Death Place New Milford, Connecticut
Born Jan. 8, 1869
Died Aug. 9, 1942
General Notes Arnold Genthe is best known for his turn-of-the-century photographs of life in San Francisco's Chinatown and views of the 1906 fire and earthquake. Trained in literature and linguistics, Genthe began to make photographs as a hobby shortly after he moved to the United States in 1895. He often worked with a concealed camera to avoid disrupting his subject's activities. Genthe moved to New York City in 1911 where he made portraits of leading stage personalities. Genthe worked in the pictorialist mode and published several books of his photographs.
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