Real Photographs of Photographers in our Collection, page 2
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Our first page of real photographs of photographers was becoming too large even before it was posted so we are adding another.

On the left in the row below is a dapper mustached young man in an elaborate studio set. He has removed the lens cap of his view camera to make an exposure. The gold edged black mount is very elegant and feels European to us.

On the right is a cart-de-viste that came to us from France. This gentleman has passed dapper and is approaching a lampoon representation of an artiste! The floppy polka dot bow tie and bunch of flowers might be his everyday dress but it feels to us as if he is having some fun or playing a part. He holds the bulb of a pneumatic shutter mounted on a large view camera. His pocket watch is in hand to time the exposure.

The small card mounted photograph on the left below shows a man with his tripod and camera in a snowy landscape. On examination you can see a room interior with pictures on the wall exposed on the same negative. Perhaps the effort to make the photograph in these conditions made it worth printing and mounting even though the same plate was used twice.

In the cabinet card on the right by Whitley of Elmira, New York, a young man in a long caped coat and derby stands on grass, real or artificial, before a backdrop of a landscape. He holds his lens cap to make an exposure.

We have collected stereoscopic cards for more than 30 years. We lost count of the number years ago when we estimated that we had over 10,000. We now search for cards in specific categories. Our collection of cards that show photographers with their cameras is now over 100. Below left are two of these. In the top card by G. S. Irish of Glen's Falls, New York we see the photographer and his stereo camera reflected in a gazing ball at the Fort William Henry Hotel, Lake George, New York.

Below that is an E & HT Anthony card called "Out for the last time". It shows the party of Charles Waldack with their camera and flash equipment after they photographed Mammoth Cave in 1866. Along with several of the interior views of the cave, it was a delightful bonus we found in a floor model Graphoscope we purchased in a Pennsylvania flea market. Since the "book value" of this card is more than we paid for the viewer and the dozens of excellent cards it contained we feel it is one of our best finds.

Below is a small cyanotype (blueprint) self portrait of a young man with his folding camera taken in a mirror. The camera is equipped with a shutter which suggests a later date than the cabinet cards above. Cyanotype was a popular process for amateur photographers in the late 19th and early 20th century because it required very minimal equipment and facilities.

In the print on the right below a young woman works with a box camera in the back garden of a home. Other prints in the series show family members photographed in groups.

We may be stretching the "real photograph" label just a bit on the image above which is a photogravure. We feel that it can be supported since this medium has a wonderful quality that has been used, not just for reproduction, but as finished prints. This image called "Focusing" by Miss Emily V. Clarkson was printed by the NN Photogravure. company Since we are a couple absorbed in all things photographic we find this couple sharing a darkcloth especially poignant. Why, however, is he wearing that striped coat and cap?
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