An exhibition celebrating the work of Jeannette Klute (1918-2009), a groundbreaking figure in color photography, will be on view from Oct. 5 until Nov. 3 in Willam Harris Gallery. An opening reception will take place from 4-7 p.m. Oct. 5.
Klute was a student at the Mechanics Institute, which was renamed Rochester Institute of Technology in 1944, before becoming a visual research photographer and lab supervisor at Eastman Kodak. Klute began taking photography classes at the Mechanics Institute in 1938, when the photography industry was dominated by men.
A companion biography, Jeannette Klute: A Photographic Pioneer, details Klute's life and work. Published by RIT Press, the biography was authored by School of Photographic Arts and Sciences administrative chair Therese Mulligan.
The book and exhibit primarily hightlight photographs from Woodland Portraits, Klute's monograph that celebrated the flora and fauna of the woodlands at her home in South Bristol, N.Y., and Derivations, her more experimental work that appeared in Kodak publications.
Cover of Jeannette Klute: A Photographic Pioneer was provided by RIT Press.