William van der Weyde
American , 1871-1929

A photojournalist who got his start during Spanish American War, William van der Weyde was a prolific magazine photographer in New York at the turn of the 20th century. His crisp portraits captured the day’s leading writers, poets, and athletes for publications such as Success, Literary Digest, and McClure’s magazines. Van der Weyde was part of a generation that took advantage of new camera technologies, including faster speeds and more portable equipment, which lent his work a spontaneous energy and allowed him to depart from traditional ideas of composition, content, and style. Today, an archive of nearly 1,500 prints made from his original six-by-nine glass negatives is housed at the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York.

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