Rudolf Eickemeyer Jr. (1862-1932) Pictorialist Rudolf Eickemeyer Jr. began photographing the South after visiting a plantation in Alabama. In 1902 architect Stanford White hired Eickemeyer to photograph his mistress, Evelyn Nesbit. This particular image of Nesbit was voted best picture in 1902 by the members of the Camera Club of New York. In 1929, following an exhibition of his work at the Smithsonian, Eickemeyer presented one hundred of his award-winning photographs to the institution’s photography department. A year later he gave the museum a collection of his personal papers and an additional endowment of $15,000 to maintain his original gift and enhance the department.