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Arnold Genthe
Nationality: 
american
Gender: 
Male
Birth Date: 
1869
Birth Place: 
Germany
Death Date: 
1942
Death Place: 
New York City
Arnold Genthe is best known for his turn-of-the-century photographs of life in San Francisco's Chinatown and views of the 1906 earthquake and fire, which mixed pictorial aesthetics with documentary concerns. Trained in literature and linguistics, Genthe began to make photographs as a hobby shortly after he moved to the United States in 1895. He often worked with a concealed camera to avoid disrupting his subjects' activities. In 1911, Genthe moved to New York City, where he made portraits of leading stage personalities. He worked in the pictorialist mode and published several books of his photographs. [from "Photography in Nineteenth-Century America" edited by Martha A. Sandweiss, New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1991.]