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The Manger: 1901

The Manger: 1901

Newport, Rhode Island, 1901. "The Manger. Experimental portrait showing values of white against white, featuring a young woman holding a baby." 8x10 dry-plate glass negative by Gertrude Käsebier. View full size.

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Photographer Gertrude Käsebier, location Newport RI where all the other BBR photos were taken, white cothing etc.

There doesn't seem to have been a bad photograph of BBR ever taken, if one searches through Google. I'm inclined to believe she portrays femininity better than anyone else I've seen in "print". Very arty but in a good way, no airs.

Excellent photograph. Excellent model. Completely untypical of the era, and I've been through almost every Shorpy page. Timeless.

White Manger Scene

I think this photography is really pretty; not a photo expert but as a regular viewer, it is very captivating and beautiful

What texture!

The stables themselves would be extremely intriguing as a photograph: the worn paint, the rough wood... but then with the gauze and the light and the figures and the depth of field... exceptional.

The gauze reminds one of the photographs I've seen of mediums (from the same period) producing "ectoplasm". Maybe because the mediums used gauze as a prop as well.

Mother and Child

Love the ethereal quality of this picture!

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