Lotte Jacobi

German-American, 1896–1990

Lotte Jacobi was born in Prussia (now Poland) to a family that had long been involved in the photography industry. When the Nazis rose to power, she moved to the United States, where she established her own portrait business and began experimenting with the form in ways that were brave and novel even in the heyday of experimental photography. The success of this studio allowed her to open her famous studio in New Hampshire, which she maintained from 1955 until her death in 1990. Over the course of her career, Jacobi produced four films and countless photographs, the most famous of which are her sensitive, idiosyncratic portraits of famous figures.