The Photography of Gerda Peterich: Chronology

1906: Born in Munich, Germany

1936: Decides photography will be focus of her studies


1939: With lifelong friend, Lilly Hoffman, arrives on second to last ship from Germany before WWII

1946: Joins Dance Magazine as a staff photographer

Nora and Bibi
Nora and Bibi (Published photograph, Dance Magazine

1948: Receives BFA from Ohio University, becomes staff member and head of photography department

1957: Awarded MA in History of Photography from University of Rochester - first degree of its kind granted in the United States

1950-1959: Takes job as associate in research at George Eastman House in Rochester, NY - Completes many research projects and exhibitions, including "Cobblestone Architecture of Upstate New York"

1959: Becomes lecturer at New England College in Henniker, NH after moving there with friend Lilly Hoffman


1964-1968: Fine Arts professor at Syracuse University focusing on history of art and photography; also director of the Photographic Archives

Dark Room
Gerda Peterich in her darkroom (Photo by David Asgard)

Recurring comic featured in Syracuse University's Daily Orange

1968: Returns to New Hampshire

1970-1971: Teaches Art History at Mount St. Mary College in New Hampshire

1974: Dies in New Hampshire