Many portrait photographers have created great portraiture over the years. Some of these portrait photos have gone beyond iconic position in the art realm to become world famous.

Gertrude Kasebier (1852-1934):-

Gertrude Kasebier was one of the most famous portrait photographers of the 20th century. Gertrude Kasebier was born on 18th May, 1852 and came from Des Moines, Iowa. In the year 1897 she set up a portrait studio in New York. The celebrities photographed by Gertrude Kasebier include Mark Twain, Booker T. Washington, Buffalo Bull, Auguste Roding and many others.

In 1916 K√ɬ§sebier helped Clarence H. White found the group Pictorial Photographers of America, which was seen by Stieglitz as a direct challenge to his artistic leadership. By this time, Stieglitz√Į¬Ņ¬Ĺ√Ę‚Äě¬Ęs tactics had offended many of his former friends, including White and Robert Demachy, and a year later he was forced to disband the Photo-Secession. During this time many young women starting out in photography sought out K√ɬ§sebier, both for her photography artistry and inspiration as an independent woman. Among those who were inspired by K√ɬ§sebier and who went on to have successful careers of their own were Clara Sipprell, Consuelo Kanaga and Laura Gilpin. Throughout the late 1910s and most of the 1920s K√ɬ§sebier continued to expand her portrait business, taking photos of many important people of the time including Robert Henri, John Sloan, William Glackens, Arthur B. Davies, Mabel Dodge and Stanford White. In 1924 her daughter Hermine Turner joined her in her portrait business.

In 1929 Käsebier gave up photography altogether and liquidated the contents of her studio. That same year she was given a major one-person exhibition at the Booklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences. Käsebier died on 12 October 1934 at the home of her daughter, Hermine Turner. A major collection of her work is held by the University of Delaware.

She is therefore, one of the most famous photographers of America. She was known for her evocative images of motherhood, her powerful portraits of Native Americans and her promotion of photography as a career for women.

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