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Antoinette Detcheva, pianist

A work made of gelatin silver print.

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  • A work made of gelatin silver print.

Date:

1938

Artist:

Johan Hagemeyer
American, born Netherlands, 1884–1962

About this artwork

Johan Hagemeyer came to the United States from Holland in 1911. Already an amateur photographer, he went to New York to meet Alfred Stieglitz, who encouraged him to pursue a career in photography. By the early 1920s Hagemeyer had a thriving portrait business in San Francisco and Carmel, California. From the 1920s through the 1940s, his studio served as a meeting place for artists and intellectuals, many of whom stepped in front of his lens—including the Bulgarian pianist Antoinette Detcheva, photographed by Hagemeyer in several poses. Hagemeyer was a close friend of noted California photographer Edward Weston, but he disagreed with Weston on the importance of sharp definition in photography, continuing to use a shallow depth of field and soft focus into the 1940s, even when exploring modernist subject matter.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Photography and Media

Artist

Johan Hagemeyer

Title

Antoinette Detcheva, pianist

Origin

United States

Date

Made 1938

Medium

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions

18 × 23 cm (image)

Credit Line

Estate of Johan Hagemeyer, Gift

Reference Number

1962.878

Extended information about this artwork

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