Alice Austen, photographer

Photographed here is a beautifully-dressed Alice Austen:

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Alice Austen

Documentary photographer

Alice Austen was born to wealth on Staten Island, but ended her life in poverty.CreditFriends of Alice Austen House, via New York Public Library

Before Diane Arbus and Helen Levitt, there was Austen, one of the earliest female photographers in the country, who produced more than 8,000 images over the course of a long life that began in 1866.

She was, additionally, a landscape designer, a cyclist, an expert tennis player and the first woman on her native Staten Island to own a car. She took her camera everywhere — documenting immigrant communities in New York, street life, lawn tennis matches, her friends, parties, interiors. She often lugged around equipment weighing as much as 50 pounds.

source:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/26/nyregion/women-monuments-new-york-city.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=second-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

 

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