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 Laura Gilpin  (1891 - 1980)

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Lived/Active: Colorado/New Mexico      Known for: commercial photography, southwest scenes

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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 from 1916-17 studying with Clarence White and Max Webber.  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.  Gilpin 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).
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AWARDS:
Guggenheim Fellowship, 1975.

COLLECTIONS:
Amon Carter Museum; Center for Creative Photography

SOURCES:
Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
Heller, Jules, and Nancy Heller. North American Women Artists of the Twentieth Century: A Biographical Dictionary. New York: Garland, 1995.; Sandweiss, Martha A. Laura Gilpin:An Enduring Grace. (Fort Worth: Amon Carter Museum, 1986);
This and over 1,750 other biographies can be found in Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945) compiled by Susan V. Craig, Art & Architecture Librarian at University of Kansas.

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