Gertrude Kasebier Photography

Gertrude Kasebier

American (1852-1934)

GERTRUDE KASEBIER, “Blessed Art Though Among Women”, 1903, Camera Work photogravure, 9 5/16” x 5 9/16”

GERTRUDE KASEBIER, “Blessed Art Thou Among Women”, 1903, Camera Work photogravure, 9 5/16” x 5 9/16”

GERTRUDE KASEBIER, “Portrait Miss N.” CW No. 1, 1903, 1903, Camera Work photogravure, ca. 1903, 7 7/8 x 5 3/4

GERTRUDE KASEBIER, “Portrait Miss N.” CW No. 1, 1903, 1903, Camera Work photogravure, ca. 1903, 7 7/8 x 5 3/4

GERTRUDE KASEBIER, “The Golden Age”, 1903, gum bichromate print, 1903, on two pieces joined paper, 7 7/8" x 7 7/8"

GERTRUDE KASEBIER, “The Golden Age”, 1903, gum bichromate print, 1903, on two pieces joined paper, 7 7/8″ x 7 7/8″

GERTRUDE KASEBIER, “Happy Days” CW No. 10, 1905, Camera Work photogravure, ca. 1905, 8" x 6 1/4"

GERTRUDE KASEBIER, “Happy Days” CW No. 10, 1905, Camera Work photogravure, ca. 1905, 8″ x 6 1/4″

Biography | Bibliography

Gertrude Kasebier, while studying painting in her late thirties, shifted her interests to photography. With a minimum of professional training, she decided to become a portrait photographer and opened a studio in 1897. Success came very quickly and she was recognized as a major talent by Alfred Stieglitz who brought her into the Photo-Secessionist group and reproduced a number of her photographs in the first issue of Camera Work. Kasebier, was well known for her work in portraits, employing relaxed poses in natural light. She emphasized the play of light and dark, and allowed the sitter to fill the frame so little room was left in the edges of the photograph.

In addition, Kasebier was very creative and talented in the printing process. Her background in painting gave her the ablility to manipulate the surface of her photographs producing beautiful images that often have a painterly quality. The University Gallery at the University of Delaware is the repository of the largest collegiate collection of Kasebier photographs. Barbara Michaels wrote a book on Kasebier in 1992 entitled, Gertrude Kasebier: The Photographer and Her Photographs.

Bibliography

Gretchen Garner, Art Journal, 51:4 (winter 1992). Gertrude Kasebier and Helen Levitt p. Michelle Delaney, Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Warrior: A Photographic History by Gertrude Kasebier, New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 2007

William Innes Homer, A Pictorial Heritage: The Photographs of Gertrude Kasebier, WIlmington: Delaware Art Museum, 1979.

Barbara L. Michaels, Image vol 19 no. 2. photocopy of article, Rediscovering Gertrude Kasebier pp. 20-31, , Summer 1976.

Barbara L. Michaels, Gertrude Kasebier: The Photographer and Her Photographs, New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1992.