Hansel Mieth Rhesus Monkey
Medium Silver print
Photo Date 1938 Print Date 1995
Dimensions 6-15/16 x 4-3/4 in. (176 x 121 mm)
Photo Country United States (USA)
Photographer Country Germany
Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
About This Image
Mieth (April 9, 1909 - February 14, 1998) was haunted throughout her life by this encounter with that animal and the image she captured. That moment stuck with her throughout her life, and she even had a dialogue in a dream later in her life with that pensive, angry animal. It is a signature photo for Mieth and first appeared in the January 16, 1939 issue of Life magazine on page 19. This is the last print made in the Time Inc. Photo Lab from the original negative before a limited edition was issued in 1995.
See: Steichen, Memorable Life Photographs, n.p.; Best of LIFE pg. 303. After moving from Germany with her husband, fellow photographer Otto Hagel, Mieth was a WPA photographer in the West Coast Project from 1934-1936. She then was a staff photographer for Life magazine from 1937-1941, and worked for Time, Inc., after moving to California in 1941. She specialized in medical research stories. Born Johanna Mieth, she became friends with Hagel at age 15. At that time she masqueraded as his little brother and he nicknamed her "Hanzel," which she used throughout the rest of her life.
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