Untitled
stock nr:
1433
artist(s):
ARNOLD GENTHE
title:
Untitled
medium:
toned gelatin silver print
date created:
1908 — date printed: 1908
dimensions:
height 338mm x width 259mm — height 13.31inch x width 10.20inch
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Untitled (Fuji)
stock nr:
1432
artist(s):
ARNOLD GENTHE
title:
Untitled (Fuji)
medium:
toned gelatin silver print
date created:
1908 — date printed: 1908
dimensions:
height 340mm x width 246mm — height 13.39inch x width 9.69inch
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biography

Born in Germany to a family of scholars, Genthe (1869-
1942) moved to the United States in 1895 to work  as a tutor. 
On his days off, he walked the streets of Chinatown in San 
Francisco, where he began to photograph. After publishing 
some of these images in local magazines, Genthe decided 
to open his own studio, specialising in portraits of prominent 
locals and visiting celebrities. Genthe's work and studio were 
destroyed in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and resulting 
fire--save for the Chinatown images that had been stored in 
a bank vault. He published those early images in the 1909 
book Pictures of Old Chinatown. 

After the fire, Genthe re-established his studio in San 
Francisco and in 1908 spent six months photographing in 
Japan, resulting in many poetic pictorialist images. Genthe 
was very interested in Japanese and Chinese art and was an 
avid collector of Ukyo-e prints.

In 1911 he moved to New York, where he continued to work 
as a successful portrait and pioneering dance photographer. 
With New York as his new home base, Genthe kept traveling 
around the globe, until his death in 1942.

selected exhibitions