Thora Hallager

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Thora Hallager, self-portrait (1866)

Thora Hallager (1821–1884) was one of Denmark's earliest female photographers. She appears to have been familiar with daguerrotyping before she went on a study trip to Paris in 1855, apparently to learn about the latest American developments in the process. She probably practiced as a photographer in Copenhagen from about 1850 before opening her own studio in 1857.[1]

Hallager was Hans Christian Andersen's landlady in Lille Kongensgade, Copenhagen, from 1866 to 1869 and in Nyhavn from 1871 to 1873.[2] Andersen wrote to her frequently during his travels from 1867 to 1873, explaining for the most part where he had been and when he expected to return but on one occasion (letter of 21 June 1869) he tells her how pleased he was with a photograph she had taken of him, informing her it had also been appreciated by all those who had seen it.[3]

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  1. ^ Tove Hansen, "Kvinders fotografi Kvindelige fotografer i Danmark før 1900", Fund og Forskning, Vol 29 (1990). (in Danish) Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  2. ^ "Forograf Thora Hallager", H.C. Andersen Information Odense. (in Danish) Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  3. ^ "H.C. Andersen-breve: Breve til Thora Hallager", H.C. Andersen Centret. (in Danish) Retrieved 5 March 2013.