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Fritz HENLE (1909-1993)
Group of 16 gelatin silver prints of photographs of scenes and groups in the U.S. Virgin Islands, 1948-1953

Sixteen gelatin silver prints uniform in size, the negatives 1948-1953, printed posthumously on special commission, the images 10-3/8 x 10-3/8 in., on heavy semi-glossy printing paper 14 x 11 in., with annotations on the versos in the format “[title] / [year] / © Fritz Henle Estate,” in pencil in Maria Henle’s cursive script. Uniformly matted, hinged to front panes of off-white archival mats 20 x 16 in., in uniform gunmetal grey Nielsen photograph frames having flat one-inch faces, with typed paper labels on the backs giving title and year. The prints in fine condition; a few minor scrapes on the frames.

The titles (verbatim from the paper labels) are:

At the Market, Christiansted / 1948
Canecutters, St. Croix / 1948
Charlotte Amalie Hillsides / 1948
Christiansted Wharf and Rum Barrels / 1948
A Country Woman with her Pipe, St. Croix / 1948
Donkey Cart & Government House, C'sted / 1948
Donkey Cart, King & Church Sts., C'sted / 1948
Loading the Cane, St. Croix / 1948
A Pause in the Plaza, Christiansted / 1948
Ruins of Estate Princess, St. Croix / 1948
View of Christiansted from the Bandstand / 1948
Old Man from Bordeaux, St. John / 1949
Old Woman, St. John / 1949
St. John Schoolgirls / 1949
On the Steps of Estate Slob / c. 1950
Ruins of Caneel Bay Plantation / c. 1953

These tonally luminous prints commissioned from the photographer’s estate are inscribed on the versos in the handwriting of the photographer’s daughter Maria Henle (d. 2007), who was herself an artist. The family tradition is now carried on by Fritz’s daughter and Maria’s sister Tina Henle, an accomplished freelance photographer residing in Christiansted.

General reference:
Flukinger, Roy, ed., Fritz Henle, In Search of Beauty, Austin: University of Texas Press (Harry Ransom Center Photography Series), 2009 (catalog of the centennial exhibition).

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Price: $7,500
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