Carole Glauber, a photographer and photo-historian, is the recipient of research fellowships from the Winterthur Museum, Oregon Humanities, and the Peter E. Palmquist Memorial Fund for Historical Photographic Research. She has received grants from the Portland Regional Arts and Culture Council, Northwest Women’s History Project, and the National Coalition of Independent Scholars.
Eva Watson-Schutze: Her Photo-Secession Years
My Palmquist proposal concerned the use of the Alfred Stieglitz\Georgia O’Keefe Archive at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University to further my research into the life and work of photographer Eva Watson-Schütze (1867-1935). Rather than focus on one particular aspect of her work, my project looked at her formative years, collective influences, photographs and artistic output, political associations, and roles in leadership positions. Of particular interest to me was her rebellious, outsider nature and talent that drew her to the avant-garde of her time. Her defiant, modernist tendencies carried her through her career as a photographer, painter, and president of the Renaissance Society in Chicago. She allied with Alfred Stieglitz in his conviction that artistic achievements are attained by efforts of extremists, propounding the concept that what is today considered conservative was yesterday denounced as revolutionary. My research at the Beinecke Library provided a tactile connection to her life, filled with the details that make biography exciting and allow the story to be told with clarity and critical analysis. By intertwining the lives of Watson-Schütze and her colleagues with the context of time and place, a fascinating, candid quality is added to her story.