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History of photography
Arnold Genthe
Genthe was born in Berlin, Germany to Louise Zober and Hermann Genthe, a professor of Latin and Greek at the Graues Kloster (Grey Monastery) in Berlin. Arnold followed in his father's footsteps, becoming a classically trained scholar; he received a doctorate in philology in 1894 at the University of Jena, where he knew artist Adolf Menzel, his mother's cousin.
After emigrating to San Francisco in 1895 to work as a tutor, he taught himself photography. He was intrigued by the Chinese section of the city and photographed its inhabitants, from children to drug addicts, Due to his subjects' possible fear of his camera or their reluctance to have pictures taken, Genthe sometimes hid his camera. He sometimes removed evidence of Western culture from these pictures, cropping or erasing as needed. About 200 of his Chinatown pictures survive and these comprise the only known photographic depictions of the area before 1906 earthquake.
After local magazines published some of his photographs in the late 1890s, he opened a portrait studio. He knew some of the city's wealthy matrons, and as his reputation grew, his clientèle included Nance O'Neil, Sarah Bernhardt, and Jack London.
In 1906, the San Francisco earthquake and fire destroyed Genthe's studio, but he rebuilt. His photograph of the earthquake's aftermath, Looking Down Sacramento Street, San Francisco, April 18, 1906, is his most famous photograph.
In 1911 he moved to New York City, where he remained until his death of a heart attack in 1942. He worked primarily in portraiture and Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and John D. Rockefeller all sat for him. His photos of Greta Garbo were credited with boosting her career. He also photographed modern dancers, including Anna Pavlova, Isadora Duncan, and Ruth St. Denis, and his photos were featured in the 1916 book, The Book of the Dance. He also was an early experimenter with the autochrome color photography process

Street of Gamblers. Toned gelatin silver print, circa 1898

San Fransisco Earthquake

Anna Pawlowa, 1924/1925

A Proud Chinese American Father

Alice wortley duquesne 1913

Chinese American Children in Traditional Dresses

Self Portrait

Arturo Toscanini

Audrey Munson

Duquesne 1913

Pearl Buck

Nora May Frenc

Millay magn

Lady Duff Gordon,1919

John Barrymore

Greta Garbo 1925

Greta Garbo

Schuhmacher in der Chinesenstadt, um 1896

Chinese Merchant with Bodyguard, um 1920


Spiegelung, um 1920

Elise Dufour Dancers, um 1920

Tanz am Wasser, um 1920

Ruth Saint Denis, um 1920

Chinesen auf der Straße, um 1920

Chinesenwinkel in San Francisco, um 1920

Chinese mit Kindern, um 1920

Isatora Duncan, um 1925

Isatora Duncan, um 1926

Isatora Duncan

Isatora Duncan

Fe Alf (Wigman School)