Approved biography for C.W. Frankenberger
(Courtesy of Christian Peterson)
C. W. Frankenberger was a Chicago pictorialist during the late 1920s. He exhibited in North American photographic salons in Chicago, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Toronto. His most prolific seasons were 1926-27, when ten salons accepted nineteen of his prints, and 1927-28, when nine hung twenty-five. In 1924, he was a founding member of Chicagoís Fort Dearborn Camera Club, serving as its first secretary and as print director in 1928.
All of his known pieces are landscapes, including the museumís After the Shower. This image, of shallow, pooled water, is extremely soft and shimmers with vibrant, reflected light. Its ethereal qualities were so seductive that it was reproduced by both the monthly Camera, in July 1926, and the American Annual of Photography 1927. Other evocative nature images by Frankenberger appeared in Pictorial Photography in America (volume 4), published by the Pictorial Photographers of America in 1926, and American Photography in May 1927.
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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