A German Lady, a new publication by Jochen Voigt
Bertha Beckmann (1815-1901) was a young German woman that started her photographic career in the studio of photography pioneer Wilhelm Horn in Prague in 1842. The same year, she settled in Dresden as daguerreotypist, making her the first female photographer ever.
A few years later she married Eduard Wehnert, a well known daguerreotypist from Leipzig, who unfortunately died soon thereafter. Bertha Wehnert-Beckmann crossed the Atlantic to New York, where she continued working and became known as the "German Lady of Broadway".
The spectacular life work of the first female professional photographer in Europe has come to a clear shape in this carefully researched book that is equipped with hundreds of excellent pictures. The author has managed to present not only the photographic achievements of Bertha Wehnert-Beckmann in the best way, but at the same time, to illuminate the circumstances under which it was created. He uncovers the significant
role Wehnert-Beckmann has played not only in Germany, but in American photographic history as well.
Therefore, the book can be described as "an exciting cultural history of photography in the 19th Century" - photo historian Ulrich Pohlmann, Munich.
The author of the book, Mr. Jochen Voigt from Chemnitz, Saxony, Germany, is a conservator and photo historian and has been active for 25 years. Voigt is teaching applied arts at the 'Westsächsischen Hochschule Zwickau'. He is the author of several books related to photography. Most related to the current book are Der gefrorene Augenblick. Daguerreotypie in Sachsen 1839-1860, the result of a cooperation of four Saxon museums in 2004, and Spiegelbilder from 2007, introducing the reader into the world of European and American portrait daguerreotyping.
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- The Daguerreotype Collection at the Museum fuer Kunst and Gewerbe, Hamburg
- The National Library celebrates the daguerreotype
- Treasures in the Royal Library of Copenhagen
- The Daguerreobase Project at the Daguerreian Society Symposium in Austin
- Ruskin, a lecture in Oxford by Ken Jacobson
- Raising Awareness in Northern Europe
- Our virtual exhibition on Google Cultural Institute
- Niépce's plates on display at The National Media Museum
- Modern Daguerreotypes of Historic Garden Treasures
- Join us in Bry-sur-Marne, October 2015
- Mirror with a Memory
- In Pasadena, The 2015 Daguerreian Society Symposium
- Images of the past, Reflections on the Present
- Estonian daguerreotypes soon to be published in Daguerreobase
- Daguerres Große Entdeckung. A publication by Peter Wutz
- Daguerreotypes. Europe's Earliest Photographic Records
- Daguerreobase at Daguerreian Society Symposium
- Become a member of the EDA
- Andreas Gruber for STREULICHT N°4
- A German Lady, a new publication by Jochen Voigt
- A Daguerreotype Workshop with Mike Robinson
- "Snap, bang, wallop, what a picture..."