About this artwork

Gertrude Käsebier's portrait of Miss Minnie Ashley was one of a set of six photogravures published by Alfred Stieglitz in the magazine, Camera Work in 1905. Stieglitz praised Käsebier as 'the leading portrait photographer' in America and marvelled the artistic feeling and harmony of her broad pictures. He even went as far as saying that 'their strength never betrays a woman'.

Gertrude Kasebier

Gertrude Kasebier

Born in Iowa, Gertrude Käsebier, nee Stanton, married and had three children before training as a painter. Her interest in photography dates from about 1893 when she went to Germany to study chemistry. On her return to America she establishes a studio on Fifth Avenue, New York. In 1902 she became one of the founding members of the Photosecession Group alongside Alfred Stieglitz, Alvin Langdon Coburn, Clarence H White and others. They came to be known as the 'pictorialists'. Käsebier was the first woman to become a member of the 'Linked Ring', which was the British equivalent of this group.