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On the life and work of photographer Beatrice Tonnesen

Camera Obscura: As the Victorian age gave way to the 20th century, a beautiful young Chicago photographer named Beatrice Tonnesen made her mark with a brilliant idea: using live models in advertisements. But Tonnesen’s pioneering role, like her artfully composed images (which often were usurped by well-known illustrators), faded into history—that is, until an inquisitive collector rescued Tonnesen from obscurity

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A radiant, blue-eyed blond, Beatrice Tonnesen never married.
A radiant, blue-eyed blond, Beatrice Tonnesen never married. “Art was her love,” says Lois Emerson, the collector who rediscovered the forgotten photographer.

 

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