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Old School: 1905

Old School: 1905

"Head of a Girl, 1905." Hampton, Virginia. "Girl at elementary school affiliated with the Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute." Gum bichromate print by pioneering fine-art photographer Fred Holland Day (1864-1933), whose work we'll be seeing more of every Sunday for the next few months. View full size.

 

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Fred Holland Day

He trained as a painter (which shows in his photos, I think) and was the first photographer to champion the idea of photography as a fine art.

He tutored and mentored poor immigrant children, including Kahlil Gibran!

He influenced Stieglitz.

Two thousand of his prints were lost in a fire in 1904. Only a few hundred survived.

His home, 93 Day Street, Norwood, Massachusetts, remains as a museum. http://www.norwoodhistoricalsociety.org/fhd.html

Timeless

This technique give the portrait the appearance of being in oils or some similar medium. Wonderful image.

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