National Photography Month~ May 20

Theodore Roosevelt by Zaida Ben-Yúsuf

c.1899 / Platinum print / 8″x6 1/3″ / Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, DC

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Starting in 1896, Ben-Yúsuf worked in several areas of photography–fine art, fashion, theater, celebrity portraiture, newspapers, and illustration–and also wrote magazine articles with photographic illustrations. In the art photography field, she rose quickly to the highest echelons in London and New York. ~Prints & Photographs Reading Room

National Photography Month~ May 19

Mending the Net by Nancy Ford Cones

1910 / Gelatin silver print / 7 1/2″x9 1/2″ / Ohio History Connection and the State Library of Ohio

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Mr. Cones gave up his own career as a photographer to develop his wife’s prints, using the gum-bichromate process that enabled the developer to not only retouch but to further enhance images through the addition of color or shading. ~

National Photography Month~ May 18

Edge of the Cliff (Along the Cliff) by Myra Albert Wiggins

1902 / Gelatin silver print / Image: 8″x6″
Various collections, including Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA

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…from 1891 to 1894 she studied painting at the Art Students League in New York…While in New York, Wiggins joined the Society of Amateur Photographers and met Stieglitz, who inducted her into the Photo-Secession when he established the group in 1902. ~The Oregon Encyclopedia

National Photography Month~ May 17

Untitled (also known as The Breeze) by Anne Brigman

1918 / Gelatin silver print / 9 3/4″x7 3/4″ / Various collections, including The Art Institute of Chicago, IL

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Brigman was one of the first women to photograph nudes in a wilderness landscape. Her images deliberately resemble charcoal drawings, as she sought to capture the spirit of her subject rather than a faithful reproduction.
~Smithsonian American Art Museum

National Photography Month~ May 16

Portrait of Thomas Nathan Barnard by Nellie Stockbridge

1890 / Scan from glass negative / 8 1/2″x6 1/2″
Barnard-Stockbridge Photograph Collection, Digital Initiatives, University of Idaho Library, Moscow, ID

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Thomas Barnard, when he was mayor of Wallace, in a pose that has the mayor sitting sideways on an arm chair, cigar in hand, foot over arm rest and reading a newspaper. Her intent for this unusual pose is believed to be the desire to show a person with “class and authority,” but at the same time whimsical and approachable. ~Barnard-Stockbridge Museum