Jeannette Klute

Educated and trained to excel in a man's field of technologyJeannette Klute rejected woman's traditional role in societyShe entered the world of color photography at a time when it'reputation was strictly utilitarian, a form of documentationJeannette Klute then helped to elevate the whole package ocolor photography - vision, skill, product, process - to an arformBorn in Rochester, NY on March 13, 1918, shgraduated from high school in 1936 and immediately enterethe adult education system put in place by the Works ProgresAdministration (WPA) during the Great Depression. Thprogram was designed to delay graduates from entering thworkforce in order to relieve the demand for scarce jobsJeannette took advantage of this opportunity to round out heart education with physics and mechanical drawing. In 1938Jeannette, entered a co-op program at Mechanics Institut(later to become Rochester Institute of Technology). She left the Institute and went to work for Kodak. Moving quickly througthe ranks, she was head of the Visual Research Studio by 1945. The great outdoors became Jeannette's laborator. She found green of every hue and shade. Jeannette and her assistant, Bonnie Kindig, hauntethe swamps of Bergen and the hills of Bristol, NY searching for her natural subjects. By the mid-1950s, Jeannette was well known to curators and photographers who were well positioned to further her exposure.Leading the way in the international market were the Smithsonian Institution and Kodak International. These organizations circulated large one-woman shows of Jeannette's work all over the world. She died in 2009.