Unidentified Photographer, [Unidentified Man], ca. 1865-70, (2014.18.1)
This tintype is striking. The portrait, a recent acquisition, is large: a full-plate, 8 3/8 x 6 3/8 inches. There’s a thoughtful minimalism. The sitter is sublime, with abundant and equine facial hair. He’s sitting at a slight angle. And staring straight ahead, not at the camera, forever. Is anything reflected in the unidentified subject’s eyes? If one looked into the his eyes, is it possible to see what he sees? The overhead natural light can be seen, but few details. What do you see?
I see a serious expression