Arnold Genthe Edit Profile
He attended Wilhelm Gymnasium in Hamburg, Germany, then studied classical philology, archaeology, and philosophy at the Universities of Berlin and Jena, receiving a PhD in 1894. He studied at the Sorbonne in Paris from 1894 to 1895.
Genthe came to San Francisco in 1895 as a tutor to a German baron's son, and later opened his first portrait studio. In 1911 he moved to New York and opened another portrait studio, becoming a U.S. citizen in 1918.
A linguist, Genthe was proficient in eight modem and ancient languages, writing his doctoral thesis in Latin. He received several university scholarships. A collector of paintings, sculpture, old books, tapestries, furniture and Chinese porcelains, he also published several short stories and poems.
His series of photographs of Isadora Duncan and her dancers is frequently published, and he is also particularly known for his candid shots of San Francisco's Chinatown and the great San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906. Initially working with gelatin dry-plate. negatives and film negatives in platinum and silver prints, Genthe began using color in 1908 and produced many well-known autochromes.
The photographer belonged to the Bohemian Club in San Francisco, a circle of artists and writers.
- Hermann Genthe