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Edmund Teske collection

Identifier: AG 15

Scope and Contents

This collection has been designated Archive Group (AG) 15. The papers are organized in one box of three folders all pertaining to an exhibition catalog for Edmund Teske relating to his show at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery in 1974.


  • 1974


Language of Materials

Material in English

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Biographical Note

Edmund Rudolph Teske was born March 7, 1911 in Chicago, Illinois to Polish immigrant parents, Rudolph and Olga Teske. He studied music from a young age and was introduced to photography using a Seneca Scout box camera around the age of 7. In 1936 he met both Alfred Stieglitz, who inspired him, and Frank Lloyd Wright, with whom he developed a professional relationship and was invited to artistically be a member of the Fellowship at Wright’s Taliesin Studio in Wisconsin. In 1943 he moved to Los Angeles, California where he worked at Paramount Studios in the photographic stills department. In later years, Teske was employed as a teacher at Chouinard Art Institute, worked as an actor, and continued his experimental techniques in photography of artists, musicians, and entertainers. Teske died at age 85 on Nov. 22, 1996 in his Los Angeles studio of an apparent heart attack.


  1. 1911: Born in Chicago on March 7
  2. 1923: Learns darkroom techniques from his grammar school teacher, Mabel A. Porehouse
  3. 1931: Attends Huttle Art Studio studying painting and drawing
  4. 1936: Received Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin Fellowship for work at Spring Green,Wisconsin; traveled to New York, met Alfred Stieglitz
  5. 1943: Moved to Hollywood, worked in stills department at Paramount Pictures
  6. 1945: Introduced to and influenced by Hindu mythology and symbolism as taught by Swami Prabhavananda
  7. 1954: First one-man exhibition
  8. 1960: Included in exhibition The Sense of Abstraction at the Museum of Modern Art
  9. 1965-70: Teaches at University of California, Los Angeles as a visiting professor
  10. 1975: Granted a NEA Fellowship
  11. 1979: Teaches at California State University, Los Angeles as a visiting professor
  12. 1993: Exhibition Being and Becoming: Photographs by Edmund Teske, J. Paul Getty Museum
  13. 1996: Dies in Los Angeles (November 22)


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Text, dummy, and layout to an exhibition catalog for Edmund Teske(1911-1996), photographer and teacher, relating to his show at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery in 1974.


Folders are arranged in order: catalog text, catalog dummy, catalog layout

Custodial History

This collection was a gift of Haddad's Fine Arts, Inc., Buena Park, California, in 1978.

Processing Information

Processed in fall of 1984 by Roger Myers

Electronic version created by Amy Rule in June 1998.

Finding aid updated by Susan Mergenthal in 2016.

Edmund Teske Collection 1974
Finding aid created by Lenox Wiese
© 2016
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Repository Details

Part of the Center for Creative Photography Archives Repository

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