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 Virna Haffer  (1899 - 1974)

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Lived/Active: Illinois      Known for: photographer, prints, sculptor, painter

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Biography from Martin-Zambito Fine Art:
Raised in the Utopian Society of Home, Washington, Virna Haffer was one of the most original  artists active in the Pacific Northwest.   A musician as well as a painter and printmaker, Haffer turned to photography in the mid-1920's.  She was a member of the Seattle Camera Club and became internationally famous for her photography, especially in the field of Photograms.

In the field of Photography, her work is in the permanent Collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC; Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA; the Seattle Art Museum; Tacoma Art Museum; Washington State Historical Museum of Art; and Tacoma Public Library                                                                      

She is the author of Making Photograms: The Creative Process of Painting with Light. Hastings House Publishers, 1969.

Haffer is referenced in:
The World Book Encyclopedia of Photography, Vol. 9-10
Women Pioneers in the First Hundred Years of Photography by Martin W. Sandler, 2002.
A History of Women Photographers by Naomi Rosenblum.
The Hidden World Of Virna Haffer, Washington State Historical Society, 1985

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1960
Museum of Science & Industry, Los Angeles, 1964
Pacific Lutheran University, 1966
New York Camera Club, 1967
Museum of Contemporary Arts & Crafts, NYC, 1968
Expo 71, Chicago
University of Puget Sound, 1972

Frederick & Nelson Salon, Seattle, 1924-25
Seattle Camera Club, 1929
First Annual National Photographic Salon for Women, Philadelphia, 1937
Seattle Photographic Society, Seattle Art Museum
Pittsburgh International Salons
International salons including London, NYC, Hong Kong, Chicago and others.

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