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Other: Betty Parker Henderson 
 
  

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Approved biography for Betty Henderson Hulett
(Courtesy of Christian Peterson)

 
  
Miss Betty Parker Henderson became interested in photography in about 1940, and by three years later was exhibiting in salons. Her work was accepted in Rochester, Detroit, Chicago, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Houston, and elsewhere; her most prolific season was 1947-48, when eighty-one of her photographs were seen in thirty-nine salons.
 
Henderson resided in Chicago, where she worked as a legal stenographer and was a member of both the Fort Dearborn Camera Club and the club in Jackson Park. She preferred making photographs of still lifes, landscapes, and architecture, in addition to subjects in Mexico.
 
She may have turned professional by 1949, as in that year she had a picture accepted in the master’s exhibit at the annual convention of the Photographers’ Association of America. About a year later she married, becoming Betty Henderson Hulett.
 
Her last known showing was at the twenty-second annual salon of the Pictorial Photographers of America (PPA), seen in New York in 1956, when she was an associate of the Photographic Society of America (APSA) and had a four-star rating from the PPA. Among her three pictures in this salon was Ode to an Omelet, a modernist composition that pictures both an eggshell and an intact egg in strong directional lighting. This, in fact, was one of Hulett’s most popular photographs. It was exhibited at numerous camera clubs and reproduced in the catalogs for the 1949 Springfield International Salon of Photography (Massachusetts) and the 1950 Cincinnati Salon of Photography. 
  
Christian A. Peterson Pictorial Photography at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Christian A. Peterson: Privately printed, 2012) 
  
This biography is courtesy and copyright of Christian Peterson and is included here with permission. 
  
Date last updated: 1 June 2013. 
  
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