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Laura Gilpin (1891 - 1979)  Artworks >>

Born Colorado Springs, CO, 1891 and died Santa Fe, NM, Nov. 30, 1979, Laura Gilpin was a photographer. She attended the Clarence H. White School in New York City from 1916-17 studying with Clarence White and Max Webber, who taught the revolutionary idea that 'photography was art.' In 1918, she took a post-graduate class with Anton Bruehl on photogravure process. She had her first one-person exhibition in 1924. Between 1926 and 1930 she taught photography at the Chappell School of Art in Denver, Colorado. She was staff photographer in 1933 for the Central City Opera House Association in Colorado, and she taught photography at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center in 1940-1941. During World War II, beginning in November 1942, Gilpin worked in Kansas as a public relations photographer for Boeing Airplane Company in Wichita. She also formed a photographic partnership, Krehbiel, Page, and Gilpin, Co. to do small commercial photography jobs in Wichita, and taught a six-week photography course for the Wichita Art Association beginning in Nov. 1944. After the war she moved to New Mexico and started her lifelong project of documenting the life and environment of the Native Americans in the region. She not only made the photographs but also did the research and writing for The Enduring Navaho, published in 1968. Other books by Gilpin include The Pikes Peak Region (1926), The Mesa Verde National Park (1927), The Pueblos: A Camera Chronicle (1941), Temples of Yucatan, a Camera Chronicle of Chichen Itzá (1948), and The Rio Grande: River of Destiny; An Interpretation of the River, the Land, and the People (1947). Source

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