Laura Gilpin

Creator Details

  • Birth

    Apr. 22, 1891 (Colorado Springs, Colorado)

  • Death

    Nov. 30, 1979 (Santa Fe, New Mexico)

Laura Gilpin was one of the most prolific female photographers of the 20th century, with a career spanning over 70 years. Study with Clarence H. White led her to initially embrace a pictorialist style that emphasized beauty and artistic creation over photography’s documentary qualities. But over time she developed a more straightforward photographic approach, becoming widely known for her extended documentation of the Southwestern landscape and the Diné (Navajo) people. The Carter holds over 6,000 prints and about 20,000 negatives by Gilpin as well as her personal library collection and the Laura Gilpin Papers, all of which she bequeathed to the museum.

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