[NY: Published for Camera Notes by the Publications Committee, 1899]. Hand-pulled photogravure, image size 7 x 5 1/8 in. [17.8x 13.1 cm.] printed on copper plate paper which measures 14 7/8 x 10 7/8 in. Other than faint toning, a fine print. Item #52394
A richly-toned photogravure, Plate 15, from the portfolio, AMERICAN PICTORIAL PHOTOGRAPHY, SERIES ONE, which was published for "Camera Notes" by the Publication Committee of the Camera Club, New York, 1901. Limited to only 150 copies. This image was also reproduced in Alfred Stieglitz's CAMERA NOTES in April 1899, under the title, Gainsborough Girl.
"Frances Benjamin Johnston was born in Grafton, West Virginia, 1864. She studied art in Paris and Washington, D.C., and learned photography from Thomas William Smillie while serving an apprenticeship at the Smithsonian Institute's Division of Photography. She opened a studio in Washington, D. C. in 1890, and through family connections, she gained access to the White House, photographing the administrations of Cleveland, Harrison, McKinley, Roosevelt and Taft. She was a member of the Camera Club of New York, and admitted by Stieglitz to the exclusive Photo-Secession. In 1900, she organized an exhibition of creative work by American women photographers that was displayed at the Paris Exposition."- Petersen, Christian A. ALFRED STIEGLITZ'S CAMERA NOTES. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts in association with W.W. Norton & Company, 1996. p. 168.