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Chester Beach: 1908

Chester Beach: 1908

The American sculptor Chester Beach (1881-1956) circa 1908 in New York. 8 x 10 inch dry plate glass negative by Gertude Käsebier. View full size.

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What a very handsome man, and talented too.


He needs to be in the Handsome Rakes gallery! What a beautiful photo.


I was surprised when I saw the date on this photo. At first, I thought it was from maybe around the 50's or so. Now that I look at it, two things stand out. He isn't wearing a suit, and his hair doesn't have that typical greasy look (maybe it's just because it's curly).


He's a very handsome young man. His hand, to me, looks strong but sensitive.

Depth of Field

Wonderful DOF here. The sculpting hand is put at the focal point, leaving the forward arm in focus, the face in slightly soft focus, and the rearward arm out of focus, giving the photograph great depth.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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