Arnold Genthe had an urbane German upbringing in Berlin, Frankfurt, Korbach, and Hamburg. Born in 1869, he wanted to become an artist, but a family relation discouraged him. Fortunately, he ended up moving to America in 1895 to become a tutor, and while there in began to experiment with photography. Over the following five decades, he would go on to document the aftermath of the San Francisco Earthquake and take photos of President Woodrow Wilson, Arturo Toscanini, and many others. Eventually his tremendous collection of work found its way to the Library of Congress, and here visitors can traipse through over 16,000 of his images. Along with a brief overview of the collection, visitors should also read the informative essay here titled "The Negative and the Print: Genthe's Photographic Techniques". It is easy enough to search the collection, although visitors can also browse the selections by name, subject, or format.
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