Innovation of the Month - January 2019

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Lotte Jacobi Images

Lotte Jacobi Collection

Lotte Jacobi is an important figure in the history of photography. Jacobi had a long and prestigious career, capturing images over an almost 80-year period, from 1908 to 1986, throughout various parts of the world including Berlin, the Soviet Union, New York City, and the state of New Hampshire. She is famous for her black and white theater and dance images and portraits of prominent 20th century figures. Her photographs are notable for their intimacy, and the personal qualities that she reveals in the faces of her subjects. She also pioneered an abstract photo form called "photogenics," a camera-less photography in which she exposed photosensitive paper to light to create abstract images. Jacobi spent the last 30 years of her life residing in Deering, N.H., where she opened a new studio, continuing her own work and displaying works by other artists. UNH awarded Jacobi an honorary doctorate of fine arts in 1973.

Before her death in 1990 at the age of 93, she bequeathed 47,000 negatives, several hundred study and exhibition prints, three portfolios, letters, catalogues, documents, and other printed material to UNH. These materials are housed in Special Collections and Archives at UNH’s Dimond Library. 

As the unit of UNH responsible for commercializing the universities intellectual assets, UNHInnovation works closely with archivists to license a number of these images for use in domestic and foreign documentaries, books, and art shows throughout the world. The revenue received from these licenses supports the maintenance and digitalization of the collection, and helps to preserve these extremely important images. 

For information about licensing the Lotte Jacobi images or for general questions about the collection, please contact



Here are just a few of the famous figures in Lotte Jacobi's collection:

Jan Albert
Claire Bauroff
Dr. Ernest Bloch
Marc Chagall
Lil Dagover
Lili Darvas
Joy Davidman
Mrs. DeBlanck
W.E.B. DuBois
Albert Einstein
Dr. Marie Frommer
Robert Frost
Heinrich George
Willy Gritsch
Ruth Harkness
Lorenz Milton Hart
Sonja Henie

Billie Holiday
Oskar Homolka
Lotte Jacobi
Emil Jannings
Franz Kafka
Leo Katz
Egon Erwin Kisch
Pauline Koner
Lotte Lenya
Peter Lorre
Thomas Mann
Ms. Mironoff
Nancy Newhall
Niura Norskaya
Hortense Powdermaker
Max Reinhardt
Bill Robeson

Clare Rockmore
Richard Rodgers
Eleanor Roosevelt
J.D. Salinger
Josef Scharl
Salman Schocken
Edward Steicken
Alfred Stieglitz
Helen Thimig
Dr. Clara Thompson
Karl Valentin
Bruno Walter
Kurt Weill
Neva Wett
Carl Zuckmayer
And many more...


Spotlight on J. D. Salinger


The University of New Hampshire is excited to announce that a set of photographs of J.D. Salinger, taken by Lotte Jacobi, have recently been digitized and are now available for license. Because of his fierce protection of his privacy, images of Salinger are extremely rare, and the majority of these images have not been seen before. 

Learn more about the Salinger Images