Nebraska’s Women Photographers

Most research on Nebraska photographers has concentrated upon well-known figures such as William Henry Jackson, Frank A. Rinehart, Solomon D. Butcher, and Louis Bostwick. Women photographers active during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries have received little if any attention, even though more than 140 Nebraska women practiced photography during this period.

Who were these women who chose to enter a profession dominated so conspicuously by men? They can be identified by name, and in most cases, the location and approximate years of their photographic activity can be determined, but examples of their work are rare. It is possible, however, to characterize photographs taken by some amateur and professional women photographers and discuss whether they can be distinguished from those of their male counterparts. For almost all examples of work by Nebraska women photographers, problems of documentation and interpretation arise. This study focuses upon these and related issues but does not resolve all of them completely.

There were more than 140 Nebraska women practicing photography during the nineteenth and early twentieth century. Learn more about them in this article.

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