C.H. Gurrey

Caroline Haskins Gurrey 1875-1927

The Boy & the Lobster, 1901

“The Boy and the Lobster,” a photographic study by Caroline Haskins of Honolulu, has been pronounced the finest specimen of art photography in the Hawaiian Islands. W. K. Vickery, who probably ranks third in the United States of art connoisseurs, saw the photographer last week in Miss Haskins studio, and was at once struck with the artistic nature of the study and especially delighted with the originality displayed in the posing.  The boy is a young Hawaiian, well known on the waterfront, being one of the small army which dives for nickels and dimes thrown into the harbor from the decks of incoming passenger vessels. He is pleasant faced little chap and has a good figure. Miss Haskins says the posing of the boy with a lobster in his hands was done with the object of having his attention so attracted by the wriggling of the crustacean, that he would forget himself for the nonce, and thus render him unconscious of the presence of the camera. The ruse succeeded admirably as the picture herewith shows.
“I donʻt know whether the Honolulu public fully appreciates Miss Haskins.” Said Mr. Vickery to an Advertiser reporter. “She is a true artist, and some of her studies are valuable from an art standpoint. She is certainly has a bright future.”

Commercial Advertiser, March 25, 1902

The Athelete, 1909

Internationally Famous Art Photographer Succumbs

Mrs. Caroline Haskins Gurrey widely known for her photographs of Hawaiian types, died at Queenʻs hospital. She is survived by her husband, A. R. Gurrey Jr., and one son and one daughter. Funeral services will be held at 4 p. m. today at the Gurrey home at Black Point. The body will be cremated.
Mrs. Gurrey made a series of about two dozen (50) portraits of Hawaiian types that have become famous. The series included the pure Hawaiian, Chinese, Japanese, Samoan, Filipino and other races in Hawaii., as well as crosses among the various races. These photographs have been sent to many museums and art galleries throughout the country.
Critics believed that Mrs. Gurrey had a wide command of photography, in addition in a high artistic feeling. A combination that made her art photographs outstanding. Most of her work was portraits.
Untill the closing four years ago of her husband’s store, known as “Gurreyʻs” which had long been an art center of Honolulu, she took an interest in the work of the store and the exhibits which it sponsored.