Laura Gilpin


Laura Gilpin (April 22, 1891 – November 30, 1979) was an American photographer. She is known for her photographs of American Indians - particularly the Navajo and Pueblo, and southwestern landscapes. Gilpin began taking photographs as a child in Colorado, and formally studied photography in New York in 1916-1917 before returning to her home in Colorado to begin her career as a professional photographer.

The greatest tool at our command is the very thing that is photography. Light. Light is our paintbrush and it is a most willing tool in the hands of the one who studies it with a sufficient care.
A river seems a magic thing. A magic, moving, living part of the very earth itself.
The romance of the old West vanished so fast and so few ever did anything with it. Does it make you realize the importance of Art and how the main knowledge of history is through Art alone?
Much earnest philosphical thought is born of the life which springs from close association with nature.
Light is one of the most important factors in photography.
The photographer can arrange his picture just as the painter does, only sometimes he must go about it in a different way.