Born in Iowa, Gertrude Käsebier, nee Stanton, married and had three children before training as a painter. Her interest in photography dates from about 1893 when she went to Germany to study chemistry. On her return to America she establishes a studio on Fifth Avenue, New York. In 1902 she became one of the founding members of the Photosecession Group alongside Alfred Stieglitz, Alvin Langdon Coburn, Clarence H White and others. They came to be known as the 'pictorialists'. Käsebier was the first woman to become a member of the 'Linked Ring', which was the British equivalent of this group.