Approved biography for Mary B. Faegre
(Courtesy of Christian Peterson)
Mary B. Faegre lived in Minneapolis and exhibited twice in the city’s annual salon, in 1933 and 1937. In the salon catalogs she listed herself as Mrs. J. B. Faegre, one of the few women in the Twin Cities to be accepted. She and her husband, John, enjoyed camping, and most of her pictures are scenes from their trips to the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia.
Her print A Canadian Fujiyama, which appeared in the 1933 Minneapolis Salon of Photography, is the very one now owned by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. A label on its back indicates that is was also shown at the local Minikahda Club. The picture depicts a group of mountains rendered as flat planes of tonal value, an excellent example of Japonisme (which she acknowledged in the title). Faegre printed the image with a texture screen, a method developed by the great California pictorialist William Mortensen that gave photographs a hand-rendered quality.
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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