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Born February 10, 1859, in Hjørring, Denmark, Benedicte Marie Wrensted grew up and went to school in Frederikshavn. She learned photography from her aunt, Charlotte Borgen, in the 1880s.
Benedicte was a professional photographer in Horsens, Denmark and had a studio there for about four years. Emigrating to the United States with her mother Johanne in July of 1894, she first went to Philadelphia to visit a cousin, then traveled to Pocatello, Idaho where her brother Peter lived.
Sisters Johanne Wrensted and Charlotte Borgen, Benedicte's mother and aunt. Taken in the studio in Horsens between 1891 and 1894. Credit: Smithsonian Institution, Handbook of North American Indians Project: Sherwood Collection
Back of vintage print showing Horsens studio mount. Wrensted's handwritten note in Danish says, "To Carl from his Aunt Benedicte." Credit: Smithsonian Institution, Handbook of North American Indians Project: Sherwood Collection
(Left) Wrensted's studio at Torvet 8, Horsens, Denmark, taken about 1890. Photographer unknown. The studio was located on the top floor for use of skylights. Wrensted advertised her business here from 1891 to 1894. Credit: Byarkivet, Horsens, Denmark
When she arrived in 1895, there were already several commercial photographers in Pocatello. Wrensted purchased the studio of A. B. Hower in about November of 1895.
(Below) Wrensted's first Pocatello studio at 132 South Main Street (formerly South Cleveland Avenue) as it appeared in the spring of 1905. Wrensted's niece Ella is in front of the studio with their dog Jackson. The display cases show portraits advertising Wrensted's work. Credit: Smithsonian Institution, Handbook of North American Indians Project: Sherwood Collection
Benedicte Wrensted advertised her growing business regularly in The Pocatello Tribune and took portraits of both Euro-Americans and Native Americans. In 1912, at the age of 53, the same year she became a United States citizen, Wrensted ended her career as a photographer. She died in Los Angeles, California in 1949, a month before her ninetieth birthday.
(Left) The Wrensted Building, 132 South Main Street, 1907. Benedicte Wrensted's studio and apartment were on the second floor. Ella Wrensted is in the front of the building with her baby sister Helen in the carriage. The lower floor of the building was rented to various businesses, including a funeral parlor. Credit: Smithsonian Institution, Handbook of North American Indians Project: Sherwood Collection
On May 19, 1905 The Pocatello Tribune reported, "Wrensted Building Moved Out. The photographic gallery of Miss Wrensted is in the street today. It is being moved off the lots where a big new building is going up." The new structure cost $8,000.
(Right) Interior, Wrensted's studio. Three chairs visible in this photo appear often in Wrensted's images. The photograph hanging on the left wall is of the Pocatello High School class of 1899. Wrensted also took photographs for the yearbook of the Academy of Idaho, which later became Idaho State University. Credit: Smithsonian Institution, Handbook of North American Indians Project: Sherwood Collection