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We Lead, Others Follow

On view at Albuquerque Museum. Women at the helm of photography studios in the late 19th and early 20th century were tenacious, made a good living, and forged a path for others to follow.

We Lead, Others Follow

Hanna & HannaWomen working with hornos, ca. 1930, digital reproduction of a gelatin silver print, transfer from Albuquerque Public Library, PA1978.141.232  

On View through March 6, 2022 

We Lead, Others Follow 2020

Cobb Studio

Daphne Cobb reading a Kodak manual

ca. 1920

digital reproduction of a glass plate negative 

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An Albuquerque newspaper advertisement for Mrs. Albright's Art Parlor

Albright Art Parlors Advertisement
Albuquerque Journal, Sunday, August, 21, 1898 

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Matthew Brady. William Henry Jackson. Edward Steichen. Those names dominate the pictorial record of the turn of the 20th century. But what about Mrs. Franc Emma Luce Albright, Alabama Milner, and Ottilia Hanna? Tate Britain Curator Carol Jacobi noted in a 2016 article in The Guardian that when you look at the history of photography, “people are not expecting women to be there, so they don’t look for their work.”

Step into five Albuquerque studios:

  • Mrs. Albright’s Art Parlor owned by Mrs. Franc Emma Luce Albright (1882–1912)
  • Cobb Studio owned by William and Eddie Cobb (1889–1942)
  • Potter Studio owned by Florence Potter (1901–1906)
  • Hanna & Hanna owned by Milton and Ottilia Hanna (1914–1984)
  • Milner Studio owned by Alabama Milner (1919–1958)

Here, women at the helm of photography studios were tenacious, exhibiting their work at World’s Fairs and being celebrated by photography organizations. They survived tumultuous decades when the economy was affected by world wars, depression, and disease. They made a good living, supporting their families through their photography and lasting longer in the business world than many of their male counterparts. They were determined to not only make their mark, but serve as a guiding light. They knew that their ultimate success relied upon the passing on of their experience and knowledge to other women.

They led in the hopes that others would follow.


Women To The Front: Photography Mentorship In Early Albuquerque

Albuquerque Museum’s Digital Archivist, Jill Hartke, introduces you to five women photographers from Albuquerque’s early years. Beginning in the 1880s, a chain of mentorship grew in Albuquerque among women who owned or co-owned photography studios. These women were savvy business owners whose studios outlasted many studios run by their male counterparts. This program took place on Zoom, Sunday, May 16, 2021.