Lollipops ©Gertrude Kasebier circa 1910 Description: "Lollipops." Mina Turner and her cousin Elizabeth in Waban, Massachusetts. 1910.
“Friendship," said Christopher Robin, "is a very comforting thing to have.”
― A.A. Milne
Dedicated to My Dear Friend, Rebecca Brooks of recuerda mi corazon
and linked to postcards from paradise.
Gertrude Stanton Käsebier
b. 1852 Des Moines, Iowa, d. 1934 New York City
"My children and their children have been my closest thought, but from the first days of dawning individuality, I have longed unceasingly to make pictures of people...to make likenesses that are biographies, to bring out in each photograph the essential personality."
Käsebier's career in art followed from her first career as a mother. After studying painting at Pratt Institute and opening a portrait studio in New York in 1897, she switched to photography, displaying the influence of her painting training in her Pictorialist style. Her family and friends posed for her most celebrated series of photographs on the subject of motherhood.
Käsebier exhibited her photographs in the Philadelphia Photographic Society exhibitions, and Alfred Stieglitz reproduced five of her images in his journalCamera Notes in 1899. The following year, along with Anne Brigman, Käsebier was one of the first two women to be elected to the British Linked Ring; two years later she became a founding member of Stieglitz's Photo-Secession group. Stieglitz continued to champion her by devoting the first issue of his second journal, Camera Work, to her images. Käsebier broke with Stieglitz and the Photo-Secession in 1912 but continued to photograph until she closed her studio in 1929.