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.
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.
Travel views of Cuba and Guatemala