Arnold Genthe

(American 1869-1942) Genthe’s work and studio—save for the Chinatown images that had been stored in a bank vault—were destroyed in the 1906 earthquake and fire. He published those early images in the 1909 book Pictures of Old Chinatown. After the fire, Genthe re-established his studio in San Francisco and in 1908 spent six months photographing in Japan. In 1911 he moved to New York, where he continued to work as a successful portrait and pioneering dance photographer. With New York as his new home base, Genthe also traveled and photographed throughout Europe and the United States.