Toni von Horn Photography

A Brief History of Toni and her Photography


Toni’s biography will be available in 2009. If you would like a copy of a limited edition biographical booklet including the story of her life, her photographic career (including over of her 30 professional images), and her later life as a philanthropist, please send a check of $50 (which will be partially tax-deductable) to The Roothbert Fund at:

Anthonie von Horn Roothbert Biography
The Roothbert Fund
475 Riverside Drive, Room 1830
New York, NY 10115

Tony von Horn Photography Book

Toni von Horn was among the first woman professional photographers and was the first to join the stable of Conde Nast’s Vogue and Vanity Fair, and Harper’s Bazaar during those magazines’ glorious years of the early 1930s. Active as Tony von Horn, her images were regular features, along with such luminaries as Edward Steichen, Adolf de Meyer and George Hoyningen-Heune among others, in the magazines from the end of 1930 to 1935. Now, essentially forgotten, this website provides some background and information about her life and career.

Biographical highlights and photographic career

1899 Antonie von Horn born in Mannheim, Germany

1920 Attends Hamburg Kunstgewerbeschule (School for the Applied Arts) to study photography and later establishes her studio in Heidelberg, specializing in architectural images and portraits

1923 Moves to New York at suggestion of Otto Kahn and establishes her portrait studio on West 52nd Street in New York, signing her work “Tony von Horn”; meets Frank Crowninshield beginning her career in fashion and advertising photography

1930 First signed images in Conde Nast’s Vogue and Vanity Fair

1932 First images in Harper’s Bazaar; studio moves to Tudor City

1935 Last commercial images published; closes studio; marries Albert Roothbert, philanthropist and art collector

1958 The Roothbert Fund established to provide scholarships supporting those with a commitment to spiritual values and dedication to social justice

1970 Toni von Horn Roothbert dies at Topstone Farm, Ridgefield, Connecticut

Additional information

If you would like additional information concerning Toni or have information or photographs to share, please contact us.

The Roothbert Fund

Many of you have found Toni because of her photographs. We invite you to find out more about her legacy, The Roothbert Fund at:

Website under development

Download a brief bio here (printable pdf)
More information to come.

Thank you,

Charles van Horne

© Toni von Horn 2009










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