Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Kaminski Fall Photography Sale

This Beautiful 1/4 plate Dagerreotype of an Old Mill, possibly located in Herkimer, NY was just part of a huge sale of 200 seperate images of historic photography auctioned recently from a single 30 year collection from Rochester, New York at an Auction house in Beverly, Mass on Oct 3rd and 4th. Among other items were a  (self?) portrait of a Daguerreotypist with his kit  - unfortunatey not shown - as well as images of a beardless Abe Lincoln according to this article - though I thought there were only a handful of known Lincoln images to exist, surely these should be in a museum somewhere?

"A very rare outdoor view of President Abraham Lincoln, before the State House, at the Flag Raising, dated February 22, 1861, identified as 1029 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia by T. S. Hacker sold for $6250 while a second image, a rare period copy ¼ plate daguerreotype of Abraham Lincoln “beardless” sold for $1755"

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Ghosts of the Civil Dead

Heartbreaking. This Ambrotype of a young girl was supposedly found between a dead Union and dead Confederate soldier after the battle of Fort Republic, Virginia during the American Civil War. The Museum of the Confederacy is seeking help in identifying the people in 8 photographs similarly found on battlefields. Sounds like the beginning of a great novel a la Cold Mountain. The girls in the Daguerreotype below could almost pass for Sally Mann's children. More details here.