Rudolf Eickemeyer Jr began taking photographs of the machines his father patented in his engineering firm, Osterheld & Eickemeyer, in 1884. He took up photography full-time in 1895 and, a follower of the Arts and Crafts movement, was eager to reflect how beauty could be found in everyday life. He thus depicted serene foggy landscapes as well as pictorialist portraits of high society women as well as stage actresses clad in costumes that highlighted their beauty with a strong sense of nostalgia. His most famous sitter was the starlet, Evelyn Nesbit, who would be at the center of a national scandal after her husband killed Stanford White, thus increasing the value of Rudolf Eickemeyer Jr’s photographs. The American photographer never forgot his amateur roots that nurtured his practice during the 1880s and made constant efforts to democratize photography with his Kodak instructional pamphlets for beginners and his participation as a juror to various exhibitions.