Category Documentary photography

Decoding the History of Photography Redux: E-Books and online sources

My post of March 11, 2014 on Decoding the History of Photography, is now four years old and has needed updating for awhile. This new [2018] post will point you to books and other publications not found in that 2014 post, in other words, this is an addition. I will leave the original post online, and I have […]

Research Tips For Your Spring into Summer

The above photograph taken in Selma, Alabama, makes me long for lemonade on a shaded porch, with friends and good conversation. As we quickly move from Spring into Summer, which happens fast here in the South, the following tips may help you turn those lazy hazy days into useful research time. New image sources – Georgia […]

A Military Mystery for Memorial Day

On this Memorial Day, I want to discuss a photograph made of members of the military, stationed in Atlanta, some of whom may or may not have lost their lives in service. This photograph is somewhat a Mystery to me, and because it is a Monday, and another Memorial Day, this seemed an opportune time […]

A Little R&R – Readers & Research: Women Photographers, part 1

  You have read about women photographers on this blog before, particularly in my posts for Women’s History Month, Remember the Ladies (March 2016) and Good Common Sense (March 2015). This post is the first of two more on Georgia women photographers, the first one on some amateurs and the second, next month, on a professional. The […]

Women At Work

For Labor Day, here is an image from my collection. This woman is at work on a pentagraph, or pantograph, machine at the American Print Works, in Fall River, Massachusetts. These machines were often used to make a copy, proportionally enlarging or reducing a photograph or a sketch, usually to be turned into a lithograph. Many […]

Studying, With Tuesday Tips

  There are are several good things on researching photographs and photographers that have come to my attention the past two months. I decided it was about time to share them. Photographic History – New Online Sources Sean William Nolan’s book titled Fixed in Time is a significant piece of research. I  was told about this publication […]

Eclipse! Grand Beyond Description, The Experience of a Lifetime

Everyone is talking about the total eclipse of the sun that will happen this year on August 21, which will be visible in the United States. It will pass through Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, and in the South — Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. In northeast Georgia, some areas […]