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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Hello, Shoe: 1942

Hello, Shoe: 1942

New York, June 1942. "Nursery school at the Queensbridge housing project. Dressing a child after a nap." View full size. 4x5 nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Office of War Information.

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Consider the era

Gertrude Käsebier's portraits may seem pretentious at first glance. Still, if we take unto account the era in which she lived and worked, it seems clear that she sought to produce artistic photos that were at the same time as spontaneous as they could be given the photographic technology of the day, which required relatively long exposures and hence rather rigid poses if the image was not to be blurry.The sense of immediacy and intimacy in the photo above was much easier to achieve, I suspect, with WWII-era cameras and films.

Gertrude K.

Gertrude Käsebier's work is certainly not pretentious. The above photo is documenting something, while Käsebier's work has a more artistic quality. Nothing pretentious about them.


I agree. Yet at the same time, this illustrates what I love so much about photography. It's an art form AND a record keeper. To me, the magic happens when they intertwine.



Only she's not his mother is she? She's his nursery school teacher.


This modest shot is a better study on motherhood than the pretentious portraits by Gertrude Kaesebier we've seen in the last few days.

Adoration: 1898

The Manger: 1901

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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