Remarkable 1896 Vintage Photos of Arnold Genthe

Self-Portrait photograph of Arnold Genthe, 1896
Self-Portrait photograph of Arnold Genthe, 1896
Self-Portrait photograph of Arnold Genthe, 1896

Arnold Genthe (1869-1942) was an internationally recognized photographer working in the soft-focus pictorialist style.
Arnold Genthe’s photographic career spanned four decades and several continents and ranged thematically from portraiture to dance and travel studies.

Chinatown – San Francisco

Genthe photographed San Francisco’s old Chinatown from the late 1890s until his move to New York in 1911. He published the first edition of Old Chinatown in 1908, which included “Children of High Class” shown here. There are over 400 images of Chinatown in the collection.

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Man and a boy walking down a sidewalk with other people, Chinatown, San Francisco – 1896
A corner on the hillside, Chinatown, San Francisco, 1896
Man and children walking down a street, Chinatown, San Francisco, 1896
Man and children walking down a street, Chinatown, San Francisco, 1896
San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906
San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906

San Francisco Portraits

The bulk of the Genthe negative and transparency collection consists of studio portraits. The portraits he made in San Francisco date from 1896 to 1911 and include this negative of Jack London. Some other sitters were: George Sterling, Mary Austen, Sarah Bernhardt, Sinclair Lewis, Frank Norris, Margaret Anglin, and Julia Marlowe.

King, Daisy, Miss, with Buzzer the cat, portrait photograph, 1914
King, Daisy, Miss, with Buzzer the cat, portrait photograph, 1914

Travel views of Cuba and Guatemala

Presidential Palace in Havana, 1899
Presidential Palace in Havana, 1899
Travel views of Cuba and Guatemala, 1899
Travel views of Cuba and Guatemala, 1899

American Southwest

Taos Pueblo, New Mexico, 1906
Taos Pueblo, New Mexico, 1906
Taos Pueblo, New Mexico, 1906
Taos Pueblo, New Mexico, 1906
Taos Pueblo, New Mexico, 1906
Taos Pueblo, New Mexico, 1906

New Orleans

Upper level balconies with wrought iron on St. Peter Street, New Orleans, 1920
Upper level balconies with wrought iron on St. Peter Street, New Orleans, 1920
Upper stories of buildings with wrought iron balconies, New Orleans, 1920
Upper stories of buildings with wrought iron balconies, New Orleans, 1920
Wrought iron balcony, Lower Pontalba Building, New Orleans, 1920
Wrought iron balcony, Lower Pontalba Building, New Orleans, 1920
This is a restored image of a photograph created by photographer, Arnold Genthe. The image depicts the artists, poet and writers, George Sterling, Mary Austin, Jack London, and James "Jimmy" Hopper on the beach at Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. 1902-1907
This is a restored image of a photograph created by photographer, Arnold Genthe. The image depicts the artists, poet and writers, George Sterling, Mary Austin, Jack London, and James “Jimmy” Hopper on the beach at Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. 1902-1907

(Via LOC)

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