A Danish Photographer of Idaho Indians

A Danish Photographer of Idaho Indians

Benedicte Wrensted

Book - 2006
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"With A Danish Photographer of Idaho Indians, Joanna Cohan Scherer rescues from oblivion a remarkable photographer - Benedicte Wrensted - who greatly contributed to the visual legacy of the Northern Shoshone, Lemhi, and Bannock ("Sho-Ban") American Indian tribes. This volume reproduces a substantial number of Wrensted's photographs, along with a detailed description of each image, including the names of the subjects, their biographical data, and an ethnographic analysis of their Native attire."
"Scherer's biographical sketch of photographer Wrensted doubles as an intimate glimpse into small-town America at the turn of the last century. She examines the differences between Wrensted's Indian portraits and those by male photographers of the era and explains Wrensted's use of props, backdrops, and photographic techniques. Scherer also looks at the Native subjects themselves - who they were, what the photos convey about them, and their apparent attitudes toward photography." "A Danish Photographer of Idaho Indians redresses decades of neglect by restoring both Wrensted and her Indian subjects to a place in history - Wrensted as a distinguished photographer and her clients as named persons."--Jacket.
Publisher: Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, ©2006
ISBN: 9780806136844
Branch Call Number: 770.92 W945s 2006
Characteristics: xiii, 157 pages : illustrations, maps ; 29 cm
Alternative Title: Benedicte Wrensted


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Wrensted was a Danish immigrant and she opened a photography studio in Pocatello, Idaho in 1895. Many of her clients were Sho-Bans from the neighboring reservation. These are studio photos and are a record of how the Indians choose to be depicted in their portraits. Large and medium sized quality... Read More »

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