When Benedicte Wrensted left Pocatello in 1912, she leased her studio to Mrs. W. E. (Mary H. Cole) Garvey. Mrs. Garvey would probably have retained all the Wrensted negatives and maintained her clientele. Therefore, except for differences in style and size of negatives, we cannot prove which photographer took which photographs.
Benedicte Wrensted's technique of managing natural light produced photographs with a painterly quality. Those by Mrs. Garvey were consistently illuminated by a single spotlight to the left of the subject. Garvey's work is further characterized by 5" x 7" and 8" x 10" glass plate negatives, while all of Wrensted's are approximately 4 1/4" x 6 1/2". Garvey's portraits are mainly close-up and profile views, in contrast to Wrensted's full figure and frontal poses.
Mrs. Garvey learned photography from a professional Chicago school. She won a number of prizes at exhibitions in Illinois before moving to Pocatello. Mrs. Garvey stayed in the Wrensted Building for only two years before opening her own residence-studio two blocks away. She would no doubt have continued photography if she
had not suffered an untimely death in 1918.