Portrait of a Woman
Print from glass negative / 10 cm x 12,5 cm / 4 x 5”
Printed on Enhanced Matte Paper 192 g
- The Story
Harry Richardson Cremer is from a family of photographers. Harry was the grandson of James Cremer (1821-93), a pioneering photographer from Philadelphia, where he worked for 40 years. Already at the outset of his career, James worked with photography as an art form, and in 1876 his photos were exhibited as part of the Centennial Exposition, held in Fairmont Park, Philadelphia.
Harry’s father, Frank R., was a photographer as well, and young Harry was undoubtedly influenced and inspired by both of them. Shortly after graduating from high school, he attended Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts for two years. In the infancy of photography, almost all photographers had other occupations to support themselves. They might be engineers, painters, merchants, or any number of other professions. This, too, was the case of H.R. Cremer. Photography was his passion, but he made a living as a business analyst, specializing in import-export.
H.R. Cremer first exhibited his photos in 1924 and, over the course of his career, he participated in well over 100 exhibitions and art saloons. H.R. Cremer loved photographing women as Greek and Roman goddesses, elves, and sprites.
In retrospect, the 1920s-30s, with the Art Deco spirit celebrating aesthetics and elegance, drawing upon ancient history such as the Aztec, the Mayans, as well as Roman and Greek mythology, H.R. Cremer’s photography stands a unique snapshot of the era that came to be known as The Roaring Twenties.
H.R. Cremer served as a charter member of Photographic Society of America, as well as a President of Brooklyn Institute of Arts, Photography Department (now Brooklyn Museum).