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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Nicola Perscheid

Names:
Born: Nikloaus Perscheid 
Other: N. Perscheid 
Dates:  1864, 3 December - 1930, 12 May
Born:  Germany, Moselweiss (Moselweiß)
Active:  Germany
 
  
Work was included in Die Kunst in der Photographie.

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Nicola Perscheid (December 3, 1864 – May 12, 1930) was a German photographer. He is primarily known for his artistic portrait photography. He developed the "Perscheid lens", a soft-focus lens for large-format portrait photography. He was born as Nikloaus Perscheid in Moselweiß near Koblenz, Germany, where he also went to school. At the age of 15, he began an apprenticeship as a photographer. Subsequently, Perscheid earned his living as an itinerant photographer; he worked, amongst other places, in Saarbrücken, Trier, and Colmar, but also in Nice, Vienna, or Budapest. In Klagenfurt in Austria he finally found a permanent position and on March 1, 1887, he became a member of the Photographic Society of Vienna (Wiener Photographische Gesellschaft). In 1889, he moved to Dresden, where he initially worked in the studio of Wilhelm Höffert, a well-known studio in Germany at that time, before opening his own studio in Görlitz on June 6, 1891. The next year he was appointed court photographer at the court of Albert, King of Saxony. In 1894, Perscheid moved to Leipzig.
 
Perscheid had his first publication of an image of his in a renowned photography magazine in 1897, and subsequently participated in many exhibitions and also had contacts with artist Max Klinger. As an established and well-known photographer, he moved in 1905 to Berlin. There, he experimented with early techniques for color photography, without much success, and when his assistant Arthur Benda left him in 1907, Perscheid gave up these experiments altogether. His portraits, however, won him several important prizes, but apparently were not an economic success: he sold his studio on June 24, 1912.
 
(Source: http://encycl.opentopia.com/term/Nicola_Perscheid, April 11, 2007) 
  
 

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Getty Research, Los Angeles, USA has an ULAN (Union List of Artists Names Online) entry for this photographer. This is useful for checking names and they frequently provide a brief biography. Go to website
 

Printed biographies

The following books are useful starting points to obtain brief biographies but they are not substitutes for the monographs on individual photographers.

 
• Lenman, Robin (ed.) 2005 The Oxford Companion to the Photograph (Oxford: Oxford University Press)  [Includes a short biography on Nicola Perscheid.] 
  
 

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• Gruber, Renate and L. Fritz Gruber 1982 The Imaginary Photo Museum (New York: Harmony Books) p.257 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
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