Autochrome made by Clark Blickensderfer (1882-1962), depicting an unidentified landscape in Colorado with a field of lupine in the foreground and mountains in the background. The photograph was made circa 1915-1925.
Clark Blickensderfer, a self-taught pictorial photographer specializing in capturing the American West, was born in Denver, Colo. on September 17, 1882 to Dr. James Clark and Eva (White) Blickensderfer. Clark attended East High School in Denver and went on to study civil engineering at Columbia University in New York City. On June 8, 1910 he married Elizabeth Walker (b. circa 1889) and they had four children James Clark Blickensderfer (1912-1990), Richard Holmes Blickensderfer (1914-1977), Catharine Blickensderfer Yeager (1920-2006), and Elizabeth Blickensderfer Ashe (1924-1998). Blickensderfer took up photography circa 1910-1914 and frequently photographed in Rocky Mountain National Park and other regions around Colorado. In addition to landscape photography, he was passionate about ornithological photography as well. Blickensderfer was a charter member of the Colorado Mountain Club (CMC), and also served on the photographic committee. He frequently held photography lectures and tutorials at the club and even held his very first exhibition at the 3rd annual CMC photography exhibit. A member of the Pictorial Photographers of America organization of New York, Blickensderfer exhibited many of his photographs in salons and galleries across the world. Blickensderfer remained active in photography until the time of his death in 1962.
Donated by Elizabeth Blickensderfer Ashe, James Clark Blickensderfer, and Catherine Blickensderfer Yeager in 1987.