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Zaida Ben-Yusuf may be one of the most interesting photographers of the early 20th century, yet many people may have not encountered her work. Born in London, Ben-Yusuf moved to New York in 1895 where she opened her own studio two years later. This online exhibit from the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., brings her work to life through an interactive gallery, along with a detailed chronology and additional information about the exhibit. The "Gallery" section is divided up thematically into smaller areas that include "The New York Stage", "The Old Guard", and "New York as Crossroads". Each area starts off with a brief introduction and then visitors can view portraits of personages like author William Dean Howell, sculptor Daniel Chester French, and Edith Wharton. Visitors will no doubt want to explore the entire site as Ben-Yusuf seems to have a unique gift for portraiture and her work will certainly resonate with contemporary viewers.
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