Margrethe Mather

Dates1885 - 1952
BornSalt Lake City, Utah, United States
DiedGlendale, California, United States

Following an unhappy childhood, Margrethe Mather left home at an early age, relocating from Utah to San Francisco. She moved in artistic circles, and her home became a meeting place for poets and political activists. After moving to Los Angeles, Mather regularly attended camera club meetings, where she met Edward Weston. She worked with him for ten years at his studio in Glendale and was an occasional model in his work. Weston would later write that Mather was "the first important person in my life...perhaps...the most important." Mather's images were mostly portraits; however, she also worked as an interior decorator. In later years she photographed mainly for her own personal enjoyment.