Biography: City Life photographer Alice Austen

Biography: City Life photographer Alice Austen


Alice Austen (March 17, 1866 – June 9, 1952) was one of America’s earliest and most prolific female photographers.

Alice became interested in photography when her uncle, Oswald Müller, brought home a camera around 1876. Alice’s uncle Peter Townsend Austen was a chemistry professor at Rutgers who taught her photographic processing. Peter and Oswald converted a closet on the second floor into Alice’s darkroom. The earliest extant photograph by her is dated 1884. Over the next 40 years she produced around 8,000 photographs.

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