Helen Lohmann Ellen Terry, British Actress
Medium Silver print
Photo Date 1907 Print Date 1907
Dimensions 12-3/4 x 8-3/4 in. (324 x 222 mm)
Photo Country United Kingdom (UK)
Photographer Country United States (USA)
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About This Image
This image was published in the July 1907 edition of Putnam's Monthly magazine, p.507. The reviewer in Putnam's wrote about this photograph: "I have never seen a better likeness of Miss Terry than the photograph here reproduced. It has all the charm and vivacity of her youth, and yet it is exactly like her as she is today."
Helen Lohmann (occasionally spelt with one n in the last name) started off by studying the violin and became a prodigy until she injured her left hand. That injury coupled with an unhappy love affair, greatly depressed Lohmann. After meeting the then retired Eleanora Duse in Paris, she was encouraged by this legendary stage actress and dancer, who took Lohmann under her wing for several months on a trip to Italy. That encouragement eventually led to a career in photography for Lohmann, who went on to work for numerous American publications in this capacity. Some of her work appeared in American Photography and Putnam's Monthly.
She took informal portraits of many of the noted women of her day, including Ellen Terry, Mrs. Laurence Alma-Tadema and Eva Le Gallienne, actually acting as an assistant to the latter after Duse referred her to Le Gallienne. She photographed pictorialist landscapes and waterscapes, in particular those of Venice.
Lohmann also wrote an article in Camera Notes on Getrude Kasebier's photography, entitled, "Mrs. Kasebier's Prints".
One of a small group of female members of the Photo-Secession, Lohmann was based in New York City.
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