Archivist, educator, and photographer. Monmouth County Archivist since 1994. Taught history of photography at Mercer County Community College from 1977 to 2012. Consultant in archives and photographic conservation. Lecturer, Horizons Speakers Bureau, since 2003. Published articles include, “Charlotte Prosch: New Jersey’s First Female Daguerreotypist” and “Margaret Bourke-White: Eyes on Russia.”
19th Century New Jersey Women Photographers
My research on New Jersey’s 19th century photographers has been ongoing for more than 30 years. An abstract of my regularly updated database with more than 3,000 New Jersey photographers, with a separate list of more than 100 women photographers, is available at saretzky.com. In March 2016, I published “Charlotte Prosch: New Jersey’s First Female Daguerreotypist,” in Garden State Legacy, 31. Prosch came from one of the first families of American daguerreotypists: older brother George was closely associated in daguerreian work with Samuel F.B. Morse, for whom he made a camera in 1839. Her brother Andrew was a distributor of daguerreian supplies. Charlotte opened her daguerreian portrait studio in New York in 1845 and relocated to Newark, NJ, in 1847. In 1849-1850, George Prosch worked for her before opening his own gallery. Charlotte’s gallery remained open until 1854, even after her marriage to Alfred Day. Child rearing probably impacted her career. In March 2016, I published “Charlotte Prosch: New Jersey’s First Female Daguerreotypist,” in Garden State Legacy, 31. (See PDF)
During 2016, I gave five public slide lectures through the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities on 19th century New Jersey photographers, including women photographers, in Scotch Plains, Elizabeth, Trenton, Mendham, and Island Heights. The grant helped support travel to archival repositories.