Eugene Kormendi studied at the Academy of Budapest, then traveled to Paris to work with Auguste Rodin and Jean Paul Lorenz. In 1939 he visited America for the New York World’s Fair with his wife, Elizabeth, a painter and ceramist.
John Chislett, like other members of the Salon Club of America, was devoted to the creative rather than the mimetic possibilities of photography. His soft-focus images and use of the tonally rich platinum printing process demonstrate his interest in the suggestive effect of light.
Hale Woodruff was inspired by the work of the African American painter Henry Ossawa Tanner, and vowed that he would visit the artist in Europe. In 1919 he moved from Nashville, Tennessee, to Indianapolis and enrolled in the Herron Art School.