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From the Archives

Flights of fancy

Jeannette Klute

Jeannette Klute ’40 (photography) carved her own path in the workplace and became a pioneer in the field of color photography as an art form.

Soon after joining Eastman Kodak Co., she was transferred to the research lab and eventually started working in the field, taking some of the earliest color photographs in the world. Her work has been exhibited at Rochester’s George Eastman House and at the Royal Festival Hall in London.

e is best known for her nature photography such as this image of a luna moth. Klute died Aug. 3, 2009, at her home in Honeoye, N.Y. Her archive was recently donated to the RIT Archives and will become a permanent part of RIT’s history.

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