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Jette Bang (1914-1964)
The first photographer hired (by the Danish State) to document all aspects of life in Greenland in 1936-39. She traveled extensively in Greenland from 1936-1956 and in 1961-62. The photo book "Greenland" published in 1940 was of great importance for the Danish understanding of life in Greenland.

Laserus showing a wodden box decorated with figurines carved in walrus tusk.
Isorteq near Ammassalik. 1936

No. GJB2937
Photo: Jette Bang
© Jette Bang Photos

Marie with her daughter Dorthea in amaat.
Ikateq near Ammassalik. 1936

No. GJB2826
Photo: Jette Bang
© Jette Bang Photos

Women's boat or umiaq.
Ammassalik. 1961/62

No. GJB31-37
Photo: Jette Bang
© Jette Bang Photos

Erik Holtved (1899-1981)
Professor at the Department of Eskimology, University of Copenhagen, a researcher of Eskimo language and culture. Participated in 6th Thule Expedition with Knud Rasmussen. He worked as an archaeologist in the Thule region and took photographs documenting people and daily life, primarily in 1936-37.

Natuk playing cat's cradle.
Thule 1937

No. 42643
Photo: Erik Holtved
© Arctic Institute

Kâle and Benine by the lamp
Ivssugigsoq, Thule 1935-36

No. 42825
Photo: Erik Holtved
© Arctic Institute

Carl Rüttel (1859-1915)
Moved to Greenland in 1892 to serve as a priest in Qaqortoq (Julianehåb) and in 1894 he moved to Tasiilaq (Ammassalik) to be the first missionary to live with the group of east coast Inuit, who had only recently come into contact with European explorers. His photographs depicting life in the new colony is a unique documentation of the cultural meeting taking place.

Rüttel by the river at Tasermiut.
Around 1900.

No. 82
Photo: C. Rüttel
© Arctic Institute

Mrs. Rüttel with cock.
Ammassalik around 1900

No. 149
Photo: C. Rüttel
©  Arctic Institute

Portrait of C. Rüttel

No. 376
Photo: C. Rüttel
©  Arctic Institute

Hinrich Johannes Rink (1819-1893)
Rink first came to Greenland in 1848 and lived there on and off until 1871. He worked as a geologist and an administrator, but became known for his photographs and drawings, and for collecting and writing down mythological tales from Greenland.
In 1857 he started the first publishing house in Greenland, in 1861 the first newspaper and in 1862 he took the initiative to start the first democratic entities, 'Forstanderskaberne', local councils which advised the administrators.

Johanne, Lars Møller, and the widow Sarah. 1860'ies

No. 30056
Photo: H.J. Rink
©  Arctic Institute

Lille Kirsten and Lille Kristine, carpenter Lund's daughters. 1860'ies

Rink's album
Photo: H.J. Rink
©  Arctic Institute

William Thalbitzer (1873-1958)
The first professor in Eskimology, called Ilisimatooq. In 1905-06 he lived in Tasiilaq (Ammassalik), East Greenland, where he studied the language and collected a vast material about the Ammassalik population. Thalbitzer also traveled on the west coast of Greenland from 1900-1938, where he photographed and undertook scientific research.

Drum dance in Ammassalik, 1906.

No. 7656
Photo: W. Thalbitzer
@ Arctic Institute

Group of local inhabitants in Godthåb (Nuuk) district, 1938.

No. 4538
Photo: W. Thalbitzer
© Arctic Institute

Christian Vibe (1913 1998)
Chr. Vibe participated as a zoologist in expeditions to Upernavik, Thule, and Ellesmere Island in 1936 and 1939-41, and stayed in West Greenland during World War II. The photos in the collection are primarily from this period, including photos of Polar Eskimoes from Thule and of hunting and travel life.

Old Polar Eskimo woman smoking her pipe in front of summer skin tent in Thule 1936


No. 51313
Photo: Christian Vibe
©  Arctic Institute

Group of caribou hunters in canvas tent, Thule 1939

No. 51355
Photo: Christian Vibe
©  Arctic Institute