Partner Bolette Berg

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Preus museum, Kommandørkaptein Klincks vei 7, 3183 Horten, Norway

Marie Høeg, "Untitled" (1896-1905). Photographs printed from glass negatives. Courtesyof Preus Museum, Horten. All photographs courtesy of the ONE Archives for Hyperallergic unless otherwise noted.Marie Høeg (15 April 1866 – 22 February 1949) was a Norwegian photographer and suffragist.[1] Høeg's published work was traditional in nature, while her private photography, including images of and created with her partner, Bolette Berg, challenged ideas of gender.[1] She was the founder of the Horten Discussion Association, which is still active today.[2][3] Høeg also started the Horten Branch of the National Association for Women's Right to Vote, the Horten Women's Council and the Horten Tuberculosis Association.[4]

Høeg was born in Langesund on 15 April 1866.[2] She was a photography student in Brevik and completed her photography apprenticeship in 1890.

From 1890 to 1895, Høeg lived in Finland, working as a photographer in Ekenäs and Hanko.[2] Here, she was greatly influenced by the Finnish women's rights movement.[5]

Høeg moved from Finland to Horten in 1895 together with Bolette Berg. Berg was five years younger than Høeg and had trained as a photographer, probably while living in Finland.[2][6] Høeg and Berg set up and ran their own photography studio,[7] which was named Berg & Høeg.[2] Høeg used their studio not only for photography, but also as a meeting place for women interested in feminism and women's suffrage.[2]

Høeg and Berg moved to Kristiania (present-day Oslo) in 1903 and continued working as professional photographers there, mostly producing scenic and portrait post cards.[6][8]

The two founded the publishing company Berg og Høghs Kunstforlag A.S., publishing books such as the three-volume Norske Kvinder, which concerns the topic of the history of Norwegian women.

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Høeg and her partner Bolette Berg in one of their own photos

Marie Høeg died in Oslo on 22 February 1949.[2]

Many of her glass negatives were discovered after her death inside a barn in the 1980s.[9] The barn was on the property of a farm where Berg and Høeg lived at the end of their lives.[9] A series of negatives in a box labelled "private" contained photographs of Berg and Høeg dressed in men's clothes, smoking, and wearing mustaches.[10] These 440 glass negatives are now in the collection of the Preus Museum.[4]


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