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Young Gertrude: 1894

Young Gertrude: 1894

Gertrude Käsebier, daughter of the photographer, at Crecy en Brie, France, in 1894. View full size. 8x10 glass negative by Gertrude Käsebier.


Black and Ragged Edges

I have noticed that the glass plate look is making a comeback among art photographers today, with emulation of these kinds of effects in border treatment, and a hand-finished, "worked-over" appearance.

This is a lovely and evocative image, by the way.

[The "border" is the clear part of the plate where there's no emulsion. - Dave]

Gertrude the Younger

Haunting features and expression. Like a painting.

Gertrude Käsebier?

So is this Gertrude Käsebier Jr.?

[Gertrude fille, yes. - Dave]

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