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Tips for a Springy Summer or a Summery Spring

It has been that odd time of year in Georgia where one day you are sure that Summer has really started, and a few days later you are wearing a jacket, and then, suddenly it is really hot! This Spring I picked up several good tips for you on new collections and sources in the […]

Women in Georgia Photography, the 2022 Gold

In time for Women’s History Month in 2021, I counted 275 women among the photographers included in my database. Now, during the same month 2022, I count 283 women in my database, but as I revisited the collections of 1900 and 1910 census records I gathered for “photographers, Georgia,” it seems I’m prospecting for gold! […]

Three African American Photographers in Augusta

This month I’d like to tell you about three photographers working in Augusta just before, during, and after World War I — Oliver M. Blount (1893-1940), Robert Lee Ellis (1884-1934), and Jackson W. Whitmore (1890 – sometime after 1946). I know something about each of these men, and have not seen any of their photographs. […]

Georgia Photographers on Skates!

It seems like a funny thought, doesn’t it? Skating photographers? Well, it seems to have happened. And I don’t think they got them for Christmas, as we did when I was a child! Although ice skates had been around northern Europe for centuries, and the first patent for a rolling “skate” was taken out in […]

Veterans Day, 2021

It’s November 11, 2021, and time to remember those who serve now, those who’ve served our country in the past, as well as all those on the home front, all doing their best to keep us safe. This is also a day to reflect on and remember all those who served in WWI, “the War […]

Happy Halloween, 2021! Photographers, Photographs, and Tricks!

This Halloween I am giving you a mish-mash of items that might help you get into that Halloween spirit and give you some ideas! Here is a nice piece by Kim Beil called “Snap Judgement” which appeared last May in Lapham’s Quarterly on Trick Photography. Remember that “Sometimes errors were useful teachers: strange results became […]

Tips for Dog Days’ End

The Dog Days of Summer are ending but that is not too noticeable in my part of Georgia, where it’s still hot and muggy, which often leads to wet! Time to share some good Tips I have collected over the summer. Some pertain to Georgia, and some to other parts of the South, so count […]

Georgia’s Military Veteran Photographers

This seems a good time for me to share some interesting news accounts I’ve come across in the recent past related to veterans of the Civil War. Those articles brought to mind other information I’ve gathered on Georgia’s photographers. News articles that pertained to photographers as Confederate veterans, particularly to those photographers disabled in the […]

More Unknown Women in Georgia Photography – Athens

In March 2016, in my database of Georgia photographers, I counted 190 women involved in the business of photography in Georgia, from the mid-nineteeth to the mid-twentieth cenury. That was only five more than I noted in March 2015. In March 2019, the total was about 240, and by March 2020, I had documented at least twenty […]

J. W. Johnston, an African-American Photographer in Georgia and South Carolina

The New York Public Library has a nice photograph in their collection that I noticed when I was searching for another Georgia image. This photo is labeled as being made in Georgia (Black women suffragists holding sign reading “Head-Quarters for Colored Women Voters,” in Georgia ), but the stamp for “Johnston’s Studio, Columbia, SC” found on […]