A German Lady, a new publication by Jochen Voigt

New Book

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
New Book2role 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.

A German Lady. Bertha Wehnert-Beckmann the new publication by Jochen Voigt online via http://www.edition-mobilis.de/
Or visit http://www.daguerreotype-gallery.de/ for more information.