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“Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communications, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution.” – Ansel Adams, photographer, 1902 - 1984

A photo truly does say a thousand words - in a thousand ways. See a photo of a relative who has passed and innumerable memories come to mind - Thanksgivings, Christmases, the first day of school, a loving hug . . . . all of these and more come flooding back. Even photos of people and places you've never been or seen can inspire a strong reaction - a beautiful scenic view, a tragic event, a child in need, they all change you forever. Photos are a powerful mode of communication: in one glance, they can change the way you view the world or reinforce your viewpoint.

And who does this communicating? The photographer. We see what the photographer sees, in the way that he or she sees it. Lewis Hine, a sociologist and photographer, took a series of photos in the early 1900's that led to child labor laws changing. The Library of Congress has over 5,000 of his photos in their collection. Dorothea Lange, backed by the Farm Security Administration, documented the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression. She said of one of her iconic photos - of a migrant mother and her children in 1936:
"I saw and approached the hungry and desperate mother, as if drawn by a magnet. I do not remember how I explained my presence or my camera to her, but I do remember she asked me no questions. I made five exposures, working closer and closer from the same direction. I did not ask her name or her history. She told me her age, that she was thirty-two. She said that they had been living on frozen vegetables from the surrounding fields, and birds that the children killed. She had just sold the tires from her car to buy food. There she sat in that lean-to tent with her children huddled around her, and seemed to know that my pictures might help her, and so she helped me. There was a sort of equality about it."
Over 80 years later, that photo still speaks to us.

Hine and Lange aren't the only ones, of course. Ansel Adams, an environmentalist as well as a well-known photographer, took photos that have sold for thousands of dollars and have been reproduced everywhere. His photos have inspired love for the environment. Art and fashion photographers like Richard Avedon, Guy Bourdin, Helmut Newton, and Irving Penn have influenced generations of photographers and their photos - in the form of posters - hang on many walls. And the earliest photographers - many of them in small studios around the world - have allowed us to have faithful reproductions of our ancestors, often people we didn't even know.

These are the photos from local studios and famous photographers that allow us to see the past in a new way. << Read less
Gambier Curtis Reeks (1864-1917) was the younger brother of my great-great-grandfather, Alfred Augustus Reeks. Their family owned a photography business in England. He married Rachel Woodnutt in 1895 and had three children: Frederick (1891), Elsie (1894), and Ida (1896).
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A photo of Frederick G Braitsch
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Frederick G Braitsch
Jul 2, 1922 - Jan 5, 2002
Mission Viejo, CA
Howard Van Buskirk, New Jersey ca 1918: Photo of Howard Van Buskirk by the Tintype photo concession on the beach in New Jersey. Howard is in the forefront. Unknown who the other people are.
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Posed photo of unknown couple found in a period photo album from a relative. Photo taken circa 1880 in New York, New York.
Elizabeth Persons, Lakeland Florida, USA. 1939
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Norman Kuegler, Athens Ohio, USA. 1938
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A photo of President Coolidge and photographers at the White House.
A photo of a photographer taking picture of couple at beach - in a goat cart!
Maud, Blanche and Grace Cheek, young spinners in the Drayton Mill, Spartanberg South Carolina. Maud worked in another mill before she went to Drayton Mill. Maud's two sisters Blanche and Grace were in the spinning room with her. Their father did not appear to be working. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Lewis Wickes Hine photographer
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Edgar Kitchen, age 13, worked on a dairy farm (Bingham Brothers Dairy) 10 hrs a day, seven days a week (but half a day on Saturday), for $3.25/wk. In the mornings, he drove the dairy wagon. In the afternoons, he worked on the farm. He thought he would work all year and not go back to school. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Hine, Lewis Wickes, photographer
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Edgar Kitchen
Born: 1903
This photo was taken on "Skid Row" - Howard Street in San Francisco, California. So sad. No blankets, no newspapers, no covers . . . and we think that this is a current problem. And it's the middle of winter. (Winter in San Francisco is damp and cold) Photo Courtesy of the Library of Congress, photographer Dorothea Lange
Portrait of Lewis Carroll at age 23. While best known for writing Alice in Wonderland, Lewis held numerous roles including author, photographer, illustrator, poet, mathematician and teacher. While not a self-portrait by today's standards, this is considered a self portrait of himself which first appeared in the 1898 biography 'The Life and Letters of Lewis Carroll'.
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Lewis Carroll
Jan 27, 1832 - Jan 14, 1898
A photo of Arthur C Bradley
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Arthur C Bradley
Sep 22, 1915 - Oct 19, 1992
Meriden, CT
A photo taken by professional photographer/documentarian Robert Frank in 1955 Tennessee. This photo was included in his book "The Americans." Born in Switzerland in 1924, Robert's family (who was Jewish) lived under the threat from Nazi Germany although they were safe in Switzerland. This early stress colored his view of the world and he turned to photography to express himself. In 1947, he emigrated to New York City and began his career as a fashion photographer. He soon turned to documenting the lives of people around him and traveled extensively, photographing real people and their circumstances. In America, he thought that there was an overemphasis on money and endeavored to show the bleakness and loneliness of the people in his groundbreaking (and controversial) book "The Americans" (Many people thought the photos were too "dark" and diverged too much from the (less gritty) photography of the day.) Frank went on to become a celebrated photographer and moved on to filmmaking (including a documentary on the Rolling Stones) although he returned to photography in the 1970s. Married twice, he was predeceased by both his son and daughter. He died in Nova Scotia Canada at the age of 94.
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Robert Frank
Nov 9, 1924 - Sep 9, 2019
A photo of an unknown woman, probably from the Inskipp or Noakes family of Sussex. C.T. Newcombe Photographer, Hastings Sussex England
A photo of an unknown lady taken in Chichester Sussex England around 1863. Photographer: Russell and Sons. 65 East Street Chichester Sussex. Patronized by The Prince of Wales. Honorable Mention International Exhibition 1862. Could belong to the Inskipp or Noakes family of Sussex.
A photo of Gerda Taro, born Gerta Pohorylle.She used the name Gerda Taro for her career as a photojournalist, mainly covering the Spanish Civil War. Born in Poland in 1910 into a middle-class Jewish Galician family, she grew up in Germany. The entire family was forced to flee Germany when the Nazi party came into power. Gerta (she was 23) moved to Paris. Her parents headed to Palestine, her brothers to England, and she wouldn't see any of them again. After meeting photojournalist Endre Friedmann, becoming his assistant, and falling in love, she became a photojournalist herself. (She later refused to marry him.) They traveled to Spain in 1936 when the Spanish Civil War broke out and she became a famous photojournalist in her own right. In July 1937, while covering the war, Taro hopped onto the foot board of a car carrying wounded soldiers. A Republican tank crashed into the car and she was critically injured - dying the next day (just days before her 27th birthday). She was buried in Paris. Gerda is considered to be the first female photojournalist to cover a war and the first female photojournalist to die in a war.
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Gerda Taro
Aug 1, 1910 - 1937
A photo of Victor Englebert
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Victor Englebert
Feb 5, 1933 - Mar 28, 2015
A photo that is the first selfie (of Robert Cornelius) in 1839. He uncovered the lens cap of his camera, ran to sit, sat for one minute, then ran back to cover the lens again. So much easier with an iPhone!
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Robert Cornelius
1809 - 1893
The first ever photo of a street scene. It is a photo of Boulevard du Temple in Paris, taken by Louis Daguerre. Most of the people and traffic were moving and so weren't not visible in this photograph, that took 8 minutes to expose. But one man - who was having his shoes shined - stood still long enough to show up in the lower left.
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Louis Daguerre
Nov 18, 1787 - Jul 10, 1851
A photo of Roger Fenton with his "photographer's van" - what a war photographer had to use for transportation to carry all of his equipment in the Crimean War. Fenton was one of the first war photographers and extensively photographed the Crimean War.
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Roger Fenton
Mar 28, 1819 - Aug 8, 1869
This is a photo of a photographer's studio - put together without Photoshop! The photographer is taking a picture of himself.
An 1822 photo - the first ever modern photo of a real scene- taken of the photographer's (Joseph Nicéphore Niépce) estate from one of his windows. Joseph was an inventor and an early pioneer in photography.
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Joseph Niépce
Mar 7, 1765 - Jul 5, 1833
A photo of Johannes Wilhelm Jaeger, 1832-1908. Johannes Jaeger was the Official Photographer to the Swedish Royal Family in the 1860's. He was born in Berlin, Germany, but spent much of his career in Scandinavia. He was considered one of the foremost photographers of his age. His biography is listed: https://sok.riksarkivet.se/sbl/Presentation.aspx?id=12023 https://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johannes_Jaeger#Externa_l.C3.A4nkar
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A photo of Robert Cornelius (1809-1893) Pioneer of photography, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Christian Cornelius (1783-1852) and Sarah McGowan (1773- ). He married Harriet Comely (1810-1867) in 1832, they had eight children. He died in Frankford, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1893. Created the oldest known intentional photographic portrait of a person.
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Robert Cornelius
1809 - 1893
A photo of Robert Cornelius (1809-1893) Pioneer of photography, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Christian Cornelius (1783-1852) and Sarah McGowan (1773- ). He married Harriet Comely (1810-1867) in 1832, they had eight children. He died in Frankford, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1893. Created the oldest known intentional photographic portrait of a person.
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Robert Cornelius
1809 - 1893
A photo of an unknown young lady - Found in a velvet album with Helm family
A photo of an unknown Helm woman. Found in a velvet album with Helm relatives no markings other than photo studio
This is a photo of Jackie (Bouvier) Kennedy when she was a photographer for the Washington Times-Herald. She was the "Inquiring Camera Girl". She would stop people on the street, ask a "witty question", take a picture of the person, and the question and the photo would be published in the paper.
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Jacqueline "Jackie" Lee (Bouvier) Kennedy
Jul 28, 1929 - May 19, 1994
A photo of Sarah "Satie" Rorick (1889-1949). This picture was taken at The Brewster Studio located at # 83 N. Main street in Gloversville, Fulton County, New York. She had wrote the following on the back; "Taken August 27, 1910 this is my latest" Sarah was the only sister of my Maternal Grandfather, Fred Rorick. They were the children of David Daniel Rorick and Josephine (Tuttle) Rorick whose photos have also been posted by me.
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A photo of Marcus Lafayette Shaffer
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Marcus Lafayette Shaffer
Sep 1, 1863 - Mar 22, 1915
A photo of William Payne in the studio.
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This photo of John J. Winney, my paternal Great Grandfather, was taken by The David Scidmore Photo Studio in Gloversville, Fulton County, New York sometime previous to December 3rd, 1897 when he passed away.
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John J. Winney
Died: Dec 3, 1897
Ellenor Ann Morgan (1836-1927), my great-great-great-grandmother, was the daughter of Alfred and Jane (Kelly) Morgan. She married beneath herself, according to legend, and wedded Robert Arthur Reeks, a photographer. She had four children: Alfred Augustus (1857), Rosina Onslow (1859), Gambier Curtis (1864), and Granville Lyddington (?).
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Robert Arthur Reeks (1834-1925) was my great-great-great-grandfather. He owned a photography business, which can be seen by the "R.A.Reeks"signature on the cardboard frame of the picture. He married Ellenor Ann Morgan in 1856 and had four children: Alfred Augustus (1857), Rosina Onslow (1859), Gambier Curtis (1864), and Granville Lyddington (?).
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Robert Arthur Reeks
Apr 15, 1834 - March 1925
Alfred Augustus Reeks was my great-great-grandfather. His family owned a photography business in England. He was born in Surrey in 1857. He married Rebecca Charlotte Milligan in 1885, and had eight children: Frank Cecil (1886), Eva Milligan (1887), Reginald (1889), Ruby Eleanor (1891), Walter Alfred (1892), Alfred George (1895), Rose Gertrude (1899), and Herbert Landan (1990).
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A photo of an unknown young gentleman from Brockton. Cabinet card photo taken by Caldwell Studio on 143 Main Street in Brockton, Massachusetts. No other identifying information.
A photo of an unknown lady from Brockton, Massachusetts. Cabinet card found at antique store in Oregon. Photographer was Bass & Burrell, 1892, in Brockton, Massachusetts. No other identifying information.
A photo of an unknown lady from Lowell, Massachusetts. Found at antique store in Oregon. Photographer is Duelos on 29 Central Street in Lowell, Massachusetts. No other identifying information.
A photo of an unknown woman from Flushing, New York. Cabinet card photo by photographer H.F. Stahmer in Flushing, New York. No other identifying details.
Written on back "Allie Martin. Taken on Columbus Day Oct 21, 1892 - she later became the wife of Chas H Davidson and buried in East Liverpool Ohio - Find a grave memorial 29937577
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A photo of Frieda Radler
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Frieda Radler
Feb 14, 1903 - Mar 17, 2001
Wilmington, DE
An unknown wedding photo taken in New Jersey by Rossbach Studio - funniest pic that I have found
A photo (taken by Klinedinst Studio, Madison New Jersey) of an unknown man, D Iarnian?, taken in 1898
A photo of Ann R. Speelman. Photographer, B.W.T. Phreaner, Hagerstown, MD
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Elisha Albert Briggs of South Texas, age 20, taken in 1890 at the Barr Studio on Main Plaza in San Antonio, Texas. He md. Eva Belle Winans
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