Friday, May 17, 2013

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Usually, studio portraits aren't very interesting. Actually, they are quite boring. They are stiff and two dimensional, vain and shallow. Often they aren't even good representations of the person in the portrait at all, and certainly not good examples of the photographer's art.

Photograph collectors drudge through endless piles and pages of lifeless and superficial abandoned studio captures of ancestors and unknowns. We become quite practiced at spotting a portrait that is warm from the glow of the person otherwise long gone. On such rare turns, we find a photographer and subject working in a delightful duet, creating a portrait that speaks of character, of atmosphere, of presence.

It's a photograph that is not just an image. It's a feeling, a warmth, a person. A memory worth keeping.

It is an elegant photograph.

Four Samples

There are too few portraits like this.

Thousands have been reviewed over the years. Whether Cabinet Card or CDV, loose, framed or in easel-backed mats, here are the scant few really elegant portraits that have settled into an honored place in LOST GALLERY.

CDV- Mary Brown Widney aged 23 mo.
Cabinet Card small girl
Cabinet Card girl

Two Children
Two children

Two Girls
A boy and A girl.
Two children

Cabinet Card
Marine or navy

Girl and high chair
Woman and ratan chair

Child on chair
Tintype child
Small boy frowns

Long hair and glasses.
Girl with long hair and a smirk

Phyllis Andrew
Bobbie Harris
Boy and shoe tassles in a chair

Curly Blonde girl Luerel
CDV Oval Portrait

Don't look at me.  Look at the chair.
Cabinet Card two girls
My chair is bigger than your chair.

rppc, woman and child in studio.

Can't get enough?

Go back to PAGE ONE of these elegant portraits.

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Don't take my picture! Oh! You DID didn't you! completely unaware of the photographer This is a collection of photographs that disappear on the way home from the photo processing shop.

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THE KIDS Lesson one. It is always a mystery how a photograph of any of these precious children could end up lost or abandoned. Here are a few. You will probably say "Ooh..." at least once.

Dee and the Business School Dee and the Business School
The beautiful Dee. A curious story; What do you see?

Neiffel and Helvetica Typehigh

"What are they doing?"

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