Waterfalls


Unidentified Photographer, [Two women sitting in front of a waterfall backdrop], 1860-1920 (2017.77.72)


Unidentified Photographer, [Three men sitting in front of a waterfall backdrop], 1860-1920 (2014.77.30)


Unidentified Photographer, [Two men sitting in front of a waterfall backdrop], ca. 1910 (977.1990)

Although the use of painted backdrops dates almost from photography’s inception, many American photographers did not use them extensively until the 1860s. However, these painted backdrops are especially prevalent in African American studio portraits. Many feature idealized landscapes such as this waterfall or architectural views (see 812.1990) that transport the sitters into different class, geographic, or historical realities. (977.1990)


Unidentified Photographer, [Man holding a feather and sitting against a waterfall backdrop], 1860-1920 (2014.77.10)


Unidentified Photographer, [Woman and man sitting in front of a waterfall backdrop], 1860-1920 (2017.77.55)

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