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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Edward W. Keck

Born: Edward Weaver Keck 
Dates:  1870, 9 December - 1912, 16 April
Born:  US, NY, Brooklyn
Died:  Switzerland, Lausanne

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Approved biography for Edward W. Keck
(Courtesy of Christian Peterson)

Edward Weaver Keck was born on December 9, 1870, in Brooklyn. He moved upstate to Rochester around 1897, where he ran a leather business for about ten years. For part of this time, he summered and/or lived in Pultneyville, a small nearby town on Lake Ontario.
Keck learned of the important Camera Club of New York through its quarterly Camera Notes and in 1901 was successfully sponsored for nonresident membership by Alfred Stieglitz. Keck was one of only four photographers to have examples of their work presented in Camera Notes as an actual silver print, as opposed to the photogravures that normally appeared. His photograph The Short Cut Home was tipped into the October 1902 issue, after Stieglitz had relinquished editorship of the magazine. This picture had recently won "First Choice" in a competition at the club that was juried by artists, but it, nonetheless, is a rather pedestrian image of a horse and rider jumping a wooden fence. Stieglitz listed Keck as a member of the Photo-Secession, but he never participated in any of the groupís shows.
Keck joined his hometown Rochester Camera Club in 1902, at its second meeting, and went on to serve on various committees, including those for lantern slides, programs and exhibitions, and entertainment and social events. His contributions to the clubís first membersí exhibition in 1903 comprised images of mostly foreign subjects, including a gum-bichromate print made in the Netherlands. In 1905, his group of thirteen photographs at the clubís show was among the largest. His only other known exhibition appearance was at the 1904 London salon.
Keck enjoyed traveling to and photographing in Europe. He died while away, on April 16, 1912, in Lausanne, Switzerland, at only forty-one. 
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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