1911 - 1996 · United States
A revolutionary figure in American photography, Edmund Teske worked with some of the most visionary figures of the twentieth century to develop his own aesthetic that conjured some of the most powerful images of his generation.
Born in Chicago in 1911, Teske started to take photographs while still a young boy. In his twenties he began to take classes at the Huttle Art Studio, and soon thereafter he created his own home studio to process his frames of his city’s streets. His technique solidified in the later 1930s when he studied under figures such as architect Frank Lloyd Wright and then worked closely with the emerging New Bauhaus in Chicago.
The following decade saw Teske relocate to Los Angeles, where he would stay for the remainder of his career. During this period, he continued to experiment with novel photography techniques, including the methods of combination printing and solarization, while also exhibiting his work in a variety of venues. He also served as a visiting professor at the University of California – Los Angeles during the 1960s.