The Linked Ring was not just a mere photography society, it as a brotherhood that defended photography‘s artistic potential, claiming the camera is a tool of art as much as it’s a tool for science. One of the members was American photographer Rudolf Eickemeyer Jr.
Eickemeyer was an American Pictorialist, and was famous for his high profile portraits of high-society women. He first got into photography when he was trying to help his father document his inventions, purchasing a Platyscope B, his first camera. While Eickemeyer considered a career in photography, he was discouraged by his father. Thus, making photography his hobby.
But his hobby of his was proving to be something else as he won 11 medals at the Yonkers Photo Club’s Lantern Slide Exhibition in 1890. After his father’s death, he specialized in portraiture at the Carbon Studio in Manhattan. He met Alfred Stieglitz, and both were the first members of the Linked Ring. Unlike most Pictorialists though, Eickemeyer preferred to use natural elements to make artistic effects instead of using the soft focus.
Images are from the public domain, courtesy of the MKG Collection.