Jan 2, 2014
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"Through a Different Lens: Three CT Women Photographers" Offers a New Perspective

"Through a Different Lens: Three CT Women Photographers" Offers a New Perspective

Through a Different Lens: Three Connecticut Women Photographers is The Connecticut Historical Society’s latest acquisition, and a rare gem. The collection features intriguing glimpses of Connecticut from 1880 to 2003 by Harriet V. S. Thorne, Marie Hartig Kendall and Rosalie Thorne McKenna.

Harriet Van Schoonhoven Thorne was a pioneer in the field of photography in the late1800s. She lived in New York with her wealthy husband and spent summers at “Schoonhoven,” their home in Bridgeport. She captured images of the people and places she knew best, especially portraits of her family (at left, Clare McCullough Thorne with her young daughter).

Marie Hartig Kendall came from Alsace-Lorraine and settled in Norfolk in the Litchfield Hills in the 1880s. The wife of a physician began a photography business to supplement their income. Her photographs depicted country life in Norfolk (below, school children in front of their one-room schoolhouse in Canaan).

And Rosalie Thorne McKenna of Stonington, Harriet Thorne’s great-granddaughter, was a 20th-century photographer who was published in Vogue, Esquire and Harper’s Bazaar. Her subjects were well-known artists and literary figures from the 1950s to the 2000s (below, sculptor Alexander Calder in his notoriously chaotic Roxbury studio).

Also on display, and worth a look, is a selection of early photographic equipment.   

For more, visit chs.org.

 

"Through a Different Lens: Three CT Women Photographers" Offers a New Perspective

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