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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

A Boy and His Dog: 1904

A Boy and His Dog: 1904

1904. "Boy with dog." Oceanside, Long Island. 8x10 dry plate glass negative by the pioneering portrait photographer Gertrude Käsebier. View full size.

 

Gertrude K.

Some of her portraits are a little saccharine for my taste but you have to remember what came before -- frozen people positioned with neck braces on Victorian parlor sofas. She was one of the very first to move away from those formal poses into more naturalistic settings -- the rooms where her subjects actually lived, and the real as opposed to fake outdoors. The one of the Newport laundress is really stunning -- revolutionary for 1902. The Gerson sisters, too.

Peter Pan

Lovely photo, he looks like Peter Pan.

The light

This picture is so sweet! The light and his position is so great. Fantastic. My own grandmother would be born 4 years later.

Pioneering Indeed

Gertrude Käsebier was definitely a pioneer. A portrait that would be at home in any fine art gallery.

Sweet child~

What a precious child. He looks like my boy who was born about 96 years later...

Beautiful

The light on the leaves...the balance...
This photo is beautiful!

 
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