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Ernest Knee

(1907 – 1982)

Ernest Knee was born in Montreal, Canada, in 1907 and settled in Santa Fe in 1931. He soon established himself as a leading New Mexican documentary photographer in the 1930s and 1940s. His important volume, Santa Fe, New Mexico, was published in 1942. After 1945, Knee worked for seven years as Howard Hughes’ personal photographer and as a cinematographer in Venezuela, where he became the first person to photograph Angel Falls, the world’s highest waterfall, (which served as the inspiration for Paradise Falls in the Pixar movie, Up). For many years Knee operated a woodworking business in Santa Fe, specializing in Spanish Colonial style doors. He was friends with Laura Gilpin, Georgia O’Keeffe, John Sloan, Ansel Adams and Edward Weston. The FAC acquired a selection of early Knee prints in the 1940s by then FAC Director Mitchell Wilder.

Source: ArtsFocus, Sept. 1979

Other Resources: Ernest Knee Photographic Trust