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 daguerreotypy before she went on a study trip to Paris in 1855, apparently to learn about the latest American developments in the process. She probably practised as a photographer in Copenhagen from about 1850 before opening her own studio in 1857. [1]

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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.