Jeannette Klute

Educated and trained to excel in a man's field of technology, Jeannette Klute rejected woman's traditional role in society. She entered the world of color photography at a time when it's reputation was strictly utilitarian, a form of documentation. Jeannette Klute then helped to elevate the whole package of color photography - vision, skill, product, process - to an art form. Born in Rochester, NY on March 13, 1918, she graduated from high school in 1936 and immediately entered the adult education system put in place by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) during the Great Depression. The program was designed to delay graduates from entering the workforce in order to relieve the demand for scarce jobs. Jeannette took advantage of this opportunity to round out her art education with physics and mechanical drawing. In 1938, Jeannette, entered a co-op program at Mechanics Institute (later to become Rochester Institute of Technology). She left the Institute and went to work for Kodak. Moving quickly through the ranks, she was head of the Visual Research Studio by 1945. The great outdoors became Jeannette's laboratory . She found green of every hue and shade. Jeannette and her assistant, Bonnie Kindig, haunted the swamps of Bergen and the hills of Bristol, NY searching for her natural subjects. By the mid-1950s, Jeannette was well known to curators and photographers who were well positioned to further her exposure.Leading the way in the international market were the Smithsonian Institution and Kodak International. These organizations circulated large one-woman shows of Jeannette's work all over the world. She died in 2009.

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