Evelyn Hofer, pioneer of color art photography

Evelyn Hofer, pioneer of color art photography

Evelyn Hofer (1922-2009) was a German-American portrait photographer and documentary filmmaker. Called "America's best-known unknown photographer" by Hilton Kramer, art critic for the New York Times, she was considered one of the great masters of contemporary photography.

In 1933, her family fled Germany and moved to Geneva, where she took private lessons at a photo school, and studied art history, composition and printing techniques. They later moved to Madrid, then to Mexico in the early 1940s, where she got her first job as a professional photographer. In 1946, Hofer moved to New York, where she launched her career as a freelance photographer and signed a contract with Harper's Bazaar magazine.

Marie Tussaud, wax sculptress and businesswoman

Marie Tussaud, wax sculptress and businesswoman

Marie Tussaud, wax sculptress and businesswoman
Born in 1761 in Strasbourg and died in 1850 in London, she was a French sculptress and the creator of the wax museum Madame Tussauds. Her name and legacy are widely famous, but do you know her story?
After her father’s death during the Seven Years' War, 2 months before her birth, her mother became a maid for Dr. Philippe Curtius, a physicist, physician and wax sculptor. His presence in Marie’s life made her consider him her uncle. He taught her the art of wax modelling and, showing a certain talent, made her work for him. Her first sculpture was the face of Voltaire, in 1777. She later made the portraits of Rousseau and Benjamin Franklin.
Ada Lovelace, the first programmer

Ada Lovelace, the first programmer

Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, born in 1815 and died in 1852, is an English mathematician, writer, and a pioneer of computer science.

She is known to have created the first real computer program, with the Analytical Engine, ancestor to the computer, invented by the English mathematician Charles Babbage. She was the first to recognize that the machine had applications beyond pure calculation, and the first to publish the first algorithm intended to be executed by a machine like Babbage's, making her the world's very first (computer) programmer.



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