Irmgard Marie Gehring (II)

An undated photo shows Irmgard Marie Gehring who was born in 1907 and got married on 10th June 1926. © Mark Zanzig/ Alb. Giesler

The story behind the image

This is my great aunt, Irmgard Gehring, photographed by Albert Giesler, one of the true photo pioneers in Northern Germany. Born in May 1862 in Eutin in Germany, Giesler soon pursued a career in photography, back then a green field. He got his training from various photographers in Northern Germany and opened his studio in 1886 in Eutin, his hometown. Especially his portrait photography became quickly popular and many customers started to collect his photos as art. He was even appointed as the official photographer of the Oldenburg court. A search on eBay for “Alb. Giesler” returns plenty of his works. He must have been very busy.

This photograph was probably taken in Giesler’s studio in Eutin around 1923. By that time Giesler had further developed his artistic style as this composition clearly has moved away from the rather uniform style of the early portrait photos (where the most important factor was that the people in the photo could be clearly recognized.)

Irmgard was born on the 1st August 1907 in Lensahn in Ostholstein, and baptized on 26th January 1908 in the St. Katharinen church of Lensahn. I never met her in person, sadly, but I am glad to own this photo of her.

The high resolution image

Capture Dateunknown, probably around 1923
PhotographerAlb. Giesler, Eutin
LocationEutin, Germany
Image Source8,5 x 13 cm print
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions4084 x 6358 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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