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HARTT, Ella (Suiste)

Illinois, 1865
Thelma, Alberta, 1943
Biography synopsis
Although Ella Hartt grew up and worked intermittently in Illinois, she spent a number of years in Thelma, Alberta before moving there permanently around 1930. A self-taught photographer, her images, both snapshots and more artistic works, documented ranch life in Montana and Alberta, as well as her visit to Yellowstone National Park in 1898. A large collection of her work is owned by the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, Alberta, and in 1982 there was a solo show of her photographs at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery in Lethbridge, Alberta.
Media used
File & Archive locations
Calgary Public Library, AB - Arts Department
Glenbow Archives, AB - Main Catalogue
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives

Writings about
Caldwell, Linda. "Early Photos Reflect Life for Pioneers." Medicine Hat News 14 Dec. 1985: C3
Dempsey, Hugh A. "Ella Hartt, Pioneer Photographer." Alberta History 27 (Winter 1979): 17-24
Koltun, Lilly ed. Private Realms of Light: Amateur Photography in Canada 1839-1940. Markham, Ontario: Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 1984
Langford, Martha. The Power of Reflections / Le pouvoir de la réflexion. Montreal: Liane and Danny Taren Gallery, 2001
Skidmore, Colleen. Rare Merit: Women in Photography in Canada, 1840-1940 Vancouver, B.C.: UBC Press, 2022
Southern Alberta Art Gallery. Ella Hartt: Ranch Photographer, 1890's - 1916. Southern Alberta Art Gallery, 2010

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