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The Photographic Studios of Eastern Europe
A SHORT HISTORY
A studio photograph is not merely an picture of a person or persons, an
image fixed on some form of paper and glued onto a piece of cardboard, but is
importantly a record of a particular
moment in the historic past. This stands in contrast to the creation of an
oil painting, e.g. a portrait, where the subject would pose for
an extended period of time over many sittings. During this time, the
artist would have the opportunity to learn more about the subject, i.e.
their personality, work, and life experiences. This in turn would aid the
artist in determining what kind of image of the sitter he or she
wished to portray. These photographs, especially in the early years of
photography, were generally the only permanent, visual images that most of
the world would ever be able to afford and have of their family members,
and each was proudly held by the person of whom the photograph was taken.
Often these photographs would be taken with someone who had emigrated as a
memory of the family and life they left behind. Perhaps they would be sent
by mail to relatives both
domestically and abroad, or perhaps they were passed down from one generation
next as a family heirloom.
Above: Son of Brana and Mordecai Trakhtenberg
|The Fathers of Photography||
"A Photographer's Life:
A Family Story Told"
"The Baroness and Barons Groedel,"
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