Category Documentary photography

See it here: Halloween!

It’s another Halloween! Pumpkins are fine, but ghosts, witches, skulls, and headless bodies are kind of scary….. Or are they? More fun than scary to me. A headless man! Harry Kellar was a magician born in Pennsylvania to German immigrant parents.  After quite an interesting life he retired in 1908. Harry Houdini, who had followed Kellar’s career […]

Fall into Tuesday Tips

There is definitely a touch of fall in the air, even here in the South. It is time to gather our information nuggets and store them to use after the holidays for our winter research hunts. More on Researching Photographers Working in the South Frances Benjamin Johnston’s Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South (CSAS), […]

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 […]