Portrait of J. F. Doyle, 1888 cabinet card by Launey & Goebel (Arthur A. Launey & Geo.C. Goebel), Savannah GA; back inscription of the cabinet card; detail of the cabinet card stamp; collection of E. Lee Eltzroth. © E. Lee Eltzroth and Hunting & Gathering, 2017. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material or these images […]

Brand new and hot-off-the-press in January 2017, is my colleague Frances Osborn Robb’s book on the photographers of Alabama, Shot in Alabama – A History of Photography, 1839-1941 and a List of Photographers (University of Alabama Press in cooperation with the Alabama Bicentennial Commission, 2016). Wow, what a wonderful book. A new book on photographers in any state […]

Wow, the tail end of 2016 was full of news and goodies related to photography and photographers! To begin, here are a few updates to my series Researching Photographers Working in the South, starting with the recent news of an incredible gift. The Alabama Media Group has given 3 million images (most in the form of film negatives […]

One of my favorite book purchases in the last few years is edited by photo curator and author Marvin Heiferman, and called Photography Changes Everything (co-published by aperture foundation and Smithsonian Institution, 2012). The book is “a provocative rethinking of photography’s impact on our culture and our daily lives” — it is an “exploration of the […]

When I was doing a great deal of research using the Atlanta newspapers on microfilm many years ago, I stumbled upon articles, the first I had ever seen, related to Atlanta citizens gathering downtown to view election results — together — on a screen. This interesting gathering was worth examining and thinking about – did other […]

It is Halloween 2016 and, unlike previous years, my post this year will be brief. I recently spoke before a county historical society and told them that I began taking photographs when given my first camera at four years of age, and that I immediately knew it was some kind of magic that made a photograph […]

The above carte made by a Wisconsin photographer is one I bought a few years ago at a going-out-of-business antique store in Cartersville, Georgia. I think it is a fine image, and the object on a stand to the right of the gentleman really intrigued me. At that time I asked others on the Photo […]