Photo of the Week: Gertrude Käsebier

This Monday would have been the 157th birthday of photographer Gertrude Käsebier, the subject of week's photo of the week post.

Käsebier was very influential in the early 20th century, not just for her pictorialist portrait photography, but also for her independence and efforts to promote women in photography.

Clara Sipprell, Gertrude Käsebier, Photographer, platinum print, ca. 1910-1911

Käsebier didn't attend art school until her late 30s, and didn't try photography until her early 40s. A few years later, she was already taking her famous portraits of Native Americans touring with wild west shows through New York and was included in Alfred Stieglitz's photography magazine, Camera Notes. She was one of the first women members of the Linked Ring and a founding member of Stieglitz's Photo-Secession group. The first issue of Stieglitz's influential photography magazine, Camera Work, was dedicated exclusively to Käsebier's work.

For photo of the week, here are a few of Käsebier's photographs from the Carter's copy of the inaugural January 1903 issue of Camera Work.

Gertrude Käsebier, Blessed Art Thou Among Women, photogravure

Gertrude Käsebier, Portrait (Miss N.), photogravure

Gertrude Käsebier, The Red Man, photogravure