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Biographical/Historical Information

The photographer Ruth Jacobi was born in 1899 in Posen. Her family was connected to photography’s early history since her great-grandfather Samuel Jacobi, who studied photography with Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre in Paris. Samuel Jacobi opened the first photography studio in Thorn, and Ruth Jacobi's father Sigismund followed the family tradition and opened an atelier in Posen. Ruth Jacobi worked in her father’s studio and as a manager of a photo studio in Hoerde, Westphalia, before exhibiting her early works at a gallery and embarking on a career as a photographer in Berlin. In 1935, she immigrated with her husband to New York and opened a studio in Queens together with her older sister, Lotte. Ruth Jacobi eventually retired from photography and assisted her husband in his doctor's office. Ruth Jacobi died in California in 1995.

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Albert Einstein in his study at Haberlandstrasse 5 in Berlin, Leo Baeck Institute, F 14493.