|Florence Deshon (1921) by Margrethe Mather|
from Wikimedia Commons
Today would have been Margrethe Mather's 134nd birthday. She died in obscurity on Christmas Day, 1952. Her contributions to photography, however, should not be obscured by the passage of time. Not only was she a truly creative, free thinking photographer, her influence on Edward Weston (arguably one of the most important photographers of the 20th century) was profound. Weston called her "the first important person in my life."
If you have never heard of Margrethe Mather, I highly recommend reading Beth Warren's Margrethe Mather and Edward Weston: A Passionate Collaboration.
Even if we do not realize it, Margrethe and Edward's influence is in our photography today!
While the other arts have lamented their male dominance, women have always been an important part of photography. Imogen Cunningham, Ruth Bernard, Gertrude Kasebier, Julia Margaret Cameron .. to name just a few.
Let's not forget Margrethe.