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Jacob J. Gayer. A young girl poses in period clothing with a musical instrument. Dominican Republic. 1920s.

Jacob J Gayer. A young couple poses for an informal portrait before a large fountain. Guatemala. 1920s.

Jacob J. Gayer. A farm next to a lake in southern Chile. Chile. 1920s.

Jacob J. Gayer. Tourists admire the beauty and size of the National Monument. Washington DC, USA. 1920s.

Jacob J. Gayer (1884-1969) American photographer. He was a member of the first generation of photographers of National Geographic. He attended the Germany academy in Heidelberg before retiring to join the Society in 1921. He traveled to South America, the Caribbean islands and even in the Arctic to take the first color photographs.