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Monday, June 30, 2014

CABINET CARD GALLERY




bmarshphd posted: " This cabinet card features a young woman wearing a pair of unusual eyeglasses. The spectacles are of the pince-nez var iety and what makes the glasses odd are the dark color and the thickness of the frames. This portrait was produced by the Tuttle Studi"

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YOUNG WOMAN WEARING INTERESTING GLASSES IN BELFAST, MAINE

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This cabinet card features a young woman wearing a pair of unusual eyeglasses. The spectacles are of the pince-nez var iety and what makes the glasses odd are the dark color and the thickness of the frames. This portrait was produced by the Tuttle Studio in Belfast, Maine. William  C. Tuttle (1835-1901) was an early Belfast photographer. In addition to working as a photographer, he also wrote about the practice of the profession. Tuttle wrote an article in the journal Mosaics {1878} which was titled "Babies". The article dispensed humorous tips on how to effectively photograph babies. A book by Joseph Williamson entitled "History of the City of Belfast" (1913) reveals that Tuttle's studio burned down in a major fire occurring in Belfast in 1885. At one point in his career, Tuttle also had studios in other Maine towns including Winthrop, Castine, Kent's Hill, and Northport. A classified listing  in the Bulletin of Photography (1918) advertises that Tuttle's Belfast studio was up for sale. The advertisement stated that one of its selling features was that there was "no competition" in Belfast. Tuttle had at least one son that entered his business so it is possible that this son may have been the photographer of this cabinet card. The 1870 Federal Census reveals that Tuttle was married to Georgia Tuttle, a woman who was 14 years his junior. At the time of the census, the couple had a seven month old son named Adrian. Research also discovered that Tuttle had enlisted in the Union army during the civil was. In 1861 he joined Maine's 13th Infantry regiment as a musician. During the war he reached the rank of full Drum Major. Tuttle is buried in the Grove Cemetery in Belfast.
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bmarshphd posted: " A pretty young girl poses for her portrait at the Criley studio in Butler, Pennsylvania. She is beautifully dressed and is holding a rolled scroll. Perhaps the paper is her graduation certificate. She looks playfully happy in this image. Her cocked he"

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GRADUATION DAY IN BUTLER, PENNSYLVANIA: YOUNG GIRL AND HER DIPOLOMA

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A pretty young girl poses for her portrait at the Criley studio in Butler, Pennsylvania. She is beautifully dressed and is holding a rolled scroll. Perhaps the paper is her graduation certificate. She looks playfully happy in this image. Her cocked head, her smile, and the gleam in her eyes are evidence of her pleasure in the moment of the taking of this photograph. To view other photographs by N. J. Criley, click on the category "Photographer: Criley and Wagner".
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bmarshphd posted: "This photograph features a handsome young man sporting a thin mustache. The gentleman is well dressed and handsome. The photographer of this image is Wilbur Wright. He operated a photography studio in San Jose California. To learn more about Wright and to"

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HANDSOME GUY WITH SLIGHT MUSTACHE IN SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA

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handsome guy_0001This photograph features a handsome young man sporting a thin mustache. The gentleman is well dressed and handsome. The photographer of this image is Wilbur Wright. He operated a photography studio in San Jose California. To learn more about Wright and to view more of his photographs, click on the category "Photographer: Wright".

bmarshphd | June 27, 2014 at 3:10 pm | Tags: San Jose, Wilbur Wright | Categories: Men | URL: http://wp.me/pnHKU-3B3
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bmarshphd posted: " This cabinet card features two young girls participating in a religious ceremony, Note the religious symbols on the table between them. The girls are dressed in their finest clothing and adorned with flowers. The photograph was produced by John D Strunk"

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TWO GIRLS PARTICIPATE IN RELIGIOUS CEREMONY IN READING, PENNSYLVANIA

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This cabinet card features two young girls participating in a religious ceremony, Note the religious symbols on the table between them. The girls are dressed in their finest clothing and adorned with flowers. The photograph was produced by John D Strunk of Reading, Pennsylvania. Several of his images can be found in the cabinet card gallery and to learn more about him, and to view the other photographs, click of the category "Photographer: Strunk". Perusal of his other images reveal that Mr. Strunk was an excellent photographer. The image above has great clarity, the subjects are well posed, and the props are perfectly placed.
bmarshphd | June 26, 2014 at 9:47 pm | Tags: John Strunk, Reading, Strunk | Categories: Children, Photographer: Strunk, RELIGION | URL: http://wp.me/pnHKU-3B0
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bmarshphd posted: " The Sullivan Brothers studio produced this cabinet card featuring three very young children. These kids are very close in age but are probably siblings. They are wearing gowns and the oldest child is posed behind a wood stroller toy. The back of the cab"

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THREE BABES IN HUDSON, NEW YORK

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The Sullivan Brothers studio produced this cabinet card featuring three very young children. These kids are very close in age but are probably siblings. They are wearing gowns and the oldest child is posed behind a wood stroller toy. The back of the cabinet card has an inscription to "Aunt Rachel". Frederick and Alfred H. Sullivan operated their studio in Hudson, New York. To learn more about them and to view more of their images, click on the category "Photographer: Sullivan Brothers".
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bmarshphd posted: " Frank Becker, a photographer in Cleveland, Ohio, produced this wedding portrait. The bride is wearing a long white floral veil and the couple clearly spent some money at their local florist. The groom has a handsome mustache. As frequently seen in wed"

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WEDDING COUPLE IN CLEVELAND, OHIO

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Frank Becker, a photographer in Cleveland, Ohio, produced this wedding portrait. The bride is wearing a long white floral veil and the couple clearly spent some money at their local florist. The groom has a handsome mustache. As frequently seen in wedding photographs from the cabinet card era, the groom is seated and the bride stands. Perhaps the reason for this type of pose is to showcase the bride's wedding gown. Frank Becker was an active photographer in Cleveland between 1886 and 1900 or later. He was born in Germany in 1865 and emigrated to the United States in 1881.
bmarshphd | June 24, 2014 at 12:00 pm | Tags: bride, Cleveland, Frank Becker, Wedding | Categories: Mustaches (Only The Best), Wedding | URL: http://wp.me/pnHKU-3zH
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bmarshphd posted: " This cabinet card portrait features a young boy wearing a sailor's uniform at the wheel of a faux ship located at the Solano Art Studio in Vallejo, California. The photographer is Charles McMillan. The little sailor's uniform looks very realistic and hi"

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SLOW BOAT TO VALLEJO, CALIFORNIA: YOUNG SAILOR AT COMMAND

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This cabinet card portrait features a young boy wearing a sailor's uniform at the wheel of a faux ship located at the Solano Art Studio in Vallejo, California. The photographer is Charles McMillan. The little sailor's uniform looks very realistic and his hat and lanyard are a nice touch. The backdrop, depicting the sea, is also quite effective. However, the photographer's use of a fur on the deck was certainly not consistent with the nautical scene he was trying to create. The book "Vallejo" (2004) by James E. Kern, includes an 1895 photograph of Charles McMillan's studio. The building was located at 314 Georgia Street. McMillan was born in Canada in 1853. He began his photography career at the age of sixteen in Chicago, Illinois. He moved to California in 1879 and became a travelling photographer. He operated his studio out of a tent. He eventually decided to settle down and opened a studio in Vallejo. One source reports that McMillan was such a success upon opening his studio that the competing photographer in town was forced to move his business elsewhere. In 1883 McMillan married Californian Isabell Floto.
bmarshphd | June 23, 2014 at 12:00 pm | Tags: Charles McMillan, Isabel Floto, Sailor, Solano Art Studio, Vallejo | Categories: Children, Nautical | URL: http://wp.me/pnHKU-3AJ
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Mao to Picasso -- Brian Brake Photography Exhibition





Published on Nov 6, 2013
Koru Contemporary Art is pleased to announce the successful outcome of negotiations
with the estate of Brian Brake and we now can offer the only remaining portfolio of
vintage photographs, outside of public museums and galleries. This collection of iconic
images features Brake's Chinese/Hong Kong series and Picasso at the Bullfight series
photographed in the 1950s. These photographs will be exhibited in Brian Brake's first
solo exhibition in Hong Kong in decades, titled 'Mao to Picasso -- Brian Brake
Photography'.

Brian Brake is generally regarded as New Zealand's most successful international
photographer. But he also worked in motion pictures -- as both director and
cinematographer -- and was the first ever New Zealander to be nominated for an
Academy Award. Brian Brake's career spanned over 40 years from the 1940s to the
1980s and during that period created a magnificent catalogue of photographs from both
New Zealand and around the world.

Brake initially made his name as an international photojournalist, photographing for
magazines such as Life, National Geographic and Paris Match. In the early years of the
Cold War, with help from Magnum founder Henri Cartier-Bresson, Brake became one
of few foreign photographers Chinese authorities permitted to take photos. He spent
three months in China in 1957, and later was the only independent Western
photographer allowed to document the 10th anniversary of the Communist republic in
1959.

Brake also had a fascination for documenting everyday life and captured many black and white photos of ordinary people going about their lives in and around Beijing. Athol
McCredie, Photography Curator at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
believed that Brake's insight into China in the 1950s was unique, not only for a Western
photographer but for the Chinese too. Few Chinese photographers at the time
documented life away from the sanctioned official view of it. The spectacle of official
Tiananmen Square parades was what magazine editors went for. McCredie
commented that American audiences would have been thrilled at seeing the photos --
feeling a mixture of fear, awe and fascination.

Gael Newton wrote "...Brake had photographed Hong Kong in 1958 for the French
magazine Jours de France and in 1961 for National Geographic and the images he
took then had a strong emphasis on crowded street scenes and people. He was well
aware of the changes brought about by modernization and the construction projects of
the 1960s and 1970s which swept away some of the historical quarters. Brake handled
this modernity with ease but also retained a sense of life of the people..."

"The China photographs proposed for this exhibition will be serious, thoughtful, factual,
and at times so beautifully visual that the viewer can forget that his magnificently organized pictures are showing a regimented society." -- Eva Arnold. In addition, the
Hong Kong proposed photographs offer the viewer captivating glimpses of Hong Kong's past, its people, places and culture. These images all captured through the very
discerning eyes of an astute artist who many commentators believe was very much
ahead of his time.

Also Included in this exhibition will be one of two of Brake's most widely recognized
and iconic photo essays, 'Picasso at a Bullfight'. This was in fact not an official
assignment from Magnum, and only came about due to the co-incidence that Brake
was holidaying with friends in the south of France when he learned Picasso was attending a bullfight in a town close by. Once Brake arrived at the bullfight, there was a
relatively small crowd of no more than 500, and Brake was able to gain close up shots
of Picasso and his entourage, with little interference from other photographers or crowds.

As the story is told by Brake, the iconic image of Claude, Picasso's son, putting his
index finger into Picasso's mouth during a climactic moment in the fight, was the last
image taken on his last roll of film. The contact sheets do in fact show this was the last
photo taken on his second roll of film, but out of four rolls shot that day, and this image
went on to be published in Life, Stern, The Times and Paris Match, the leading
magazines of the day.

These much sought-after and rare vintage photographs included in this exhibition have
been sourced directly from the estate of Brian Brake and are all either signed or embossed by the artist.