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Part Photograph, Part Painting, Part Etching, Part Sculpture

From its beginnings in 1839, photography was seen as an alternative to traditional painted portraiture. Clients who were photographed knew that their image would be considered true to life. But photography had a major disadvantage with respect to painting: it … Continue reading

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Every Girl Should Feel Like a Queen

May 24 is International Tiara Day. Bill Wood, Billye Wood, 1964 (2010.14.96) Toni Frissell, [Lady Churchill kissing granddaughter Emma on Queen Elizabeth II's coronation day], June 2, 1953 (14.1979) Simon Nathan, Mrs. George Washington Kavanaugh, never seen at an opening … Continue reading

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Postmortem Photography

Unidentified Photographer, [Postmortem Unidentified Woman], ca. 1865 (2008.81.72) Unidentified Photographer, [Postmortem Unidentified Triplets], ca. 1875 (2008.81.51) Unidentified Photographer, [Postmortem Unidentified Girl], ca. 1940 (879.1990) Bill Wood, [Postmortem child], 1950s (printed 2008) (2010.14.28) Bill Wood, [Postmortem woman], 1950s (printed 2008) (2010.14.154) … Continue reading

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Old-School Manipulated Photographs

Unidentified Photographer, [Man shaking his own hand at Jack's Saloon], 1930-50 Unidentified Photographer, [Decapitated Man with Head on a Platter], ca. 1865 (2008.81.15) Yves Klein and Harry Shunk (photographer), Dimanche, November 27, 1960 Weegee, “I Dreamt I Lost My Maiden … Continue reading

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The Capture of Jefferson Davis by the Fourth Michigan Cavalry

George W. Lonsbury, [Benjamin D. Pritchard], ca. 1867 Stansbury & Co., [Benton D. Thurston], ca. 1865 Stansbury & Co., [Johnson Saur], ca. 1865 Stansbury & Co., [Horace Bascome Warner], ca. 1865 Stansbury & Co., [John Sullivan], ca. 1865 The exhibition … Continue reading

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Not Knowing

Weegee, [Model and photographer on the beach], ca. 1956 Lou Bernstein, Man in Suit, Panama Hat, Sleeping on Beach, 1957 Unidentified Photographer, [Unidentified Woman at "Beach"], ca. 1880 Alfred Eisenstaedt, A New York vacationer in Miami Beach, 1940 Danny Lyon, … Continue reading

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150th Anniversary of the Civil War

Alexander Gardner, [A Union Army hospital ward], ca. 1864 The War Photograph & Exhibition Company, A Group of “Contrabands,” ca. 1865 (recto and verso) Unidentified Photographer, [Two Soldiers], ca. 1865 Unidentified Photographer, [Soldier Holding Sword in Front of Painted Backdrop … Continue reading

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Malick Sidibé, Mère et Enfants, ca.1975/2003 Chim (David Seymour), [Mother nursing a baby while listening to political speech, near Badajoz, Extremadura, Spain], late April/early May 1936 W. Eugene Smith, [newborn infant being presented to Alice Cooper], from Nurse Midwife, 1951 … Continue reading

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The Carringtons Visit Watch Hill

F. J. Trowbridge, [Nannie Carrington, Harrison Carrington, Miss Taylor], ca. 1895 Nannette Carrington (1887–1977) and Alexander Harrison Carrington (1888–1993) were the children of Alexander and Manzella Carrington of Norwich, Connecticut. They lived in a middle-class neighborhood surrounded by Irish immigrants … Continue reading

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Petroleum People in Pennsylvania, ca. 1870s

Unidentified Photographer, [Oil Fields, Pennsylvania], ca. 1870s Petroleum people posing presciently, not pedestrianly, on period transportation (a horse, of course) in Pennsylvania (a link to Oil City, PA, “a special blend of people”). According to the The Paleontological Research Institution, … Continue reading

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