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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Arthur T. Henrici

Dates:  1889, 31 March - 1943, 23 April
Born:  US, PA
Died:  US, MN, Minneapolis

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Approved biography for Arthur T. Henrici
(Courtesy of Christian Peterson)

Arthur T. Henrici was born in Pennsylvania on March 31, 1889, and obtained his M.D. from what is now the University of Pittsburgh in about 1912. The next year, he married and moved to Minneapolis. Here, he became a professor in the medical school of the University of Minnesota, where he primarily performed biology research and published textbooks until his death in 1943.
Henrici showed interest in making creative photographs by 1920, when one of his pictures won second place in a monthly competition run by American Photography. Reproduced in the June issue, it shows a young boy praying at a table, tightly framed and in profile. A few years later, the same magazine used his images again: a still life in August 1922 and a winter shot of Minneapolisís Minnehaha Creek in December 1923.
The Minneapolis Camera Club elected Henrici to membership in 1933, but he stayed with the club for only five years. During this short period, he served as the clubís vice president (1936-1937) and won the most points at competitions over one six-month period. Making photographs with a 2 1/4óx-3 1/4-inch Speed Graphic, he exhibited in every Minneapolis salon between 1932 and 1936. His most prolific season exhibiting internationally was 1934-1935, when twenty-seven of his prints were accepted at sixteen salons. His photographs hung in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Madison, Rockford, Buffalo, Philadelphia, Wilmington, Toronto, Dublin, and Leicester, England.
Henrici worked with paper negatives, as evidenced by the museumís single print by him. Kittenball Fans pictures spectators sitting on wooden bleachers, seen from behind and below. This exhibition print reveals the texture of the paper negative and imparts very soft-focus effects on the subject. Henrici dramatically darkened the sky and rendered the people and the structure in silhouette. Instructively, he pasted a straight, contact print from his negative on the back of the mount, to reveal how much he had transformed a mere snapshot into a fully realized pictorial print.
In 1936, Dr. Henrici spoke to the Minneapolis Photographic Society on photomicrography. Two years later, he resigned from the Minneapolis Camera Club and turned his artistic attention to painting, although he still shot Kodachrome color slides. His son, Carl R. Henrici (of Cedar Rapids, Iowa), had one picture accepted in the Minneapolis salon in 1944. Arthur T. Henrici died in Minneapolis, on April 23, 1943, only fifty-four years old. 
Christian A. Peterson Pictorial Photography at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Christian A. Peterson: Privately printed, 2012) 
This biography is courtesy and copyright of Christian Peterson and is included here with permission. 
Date last updated: 1 June 2013. 
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