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DaveFerro
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2012 4:04 am    Post subject: Old Niagara Falls Photos Reply with quote

Found an interesting book at the library: American Photographs The First Century by the National Museum of American Art - Charles Isaacs Collection.

There are two daguerreotypes of Seneca Falls NY from different viewpoints - back when there were falls there - Van Cleef Lake was created when the canal between Cayuga and Seneca Lakes was built, connecting also with the Erie (Barge Canal).

But another photo by George Barker caught my eye - Niagara Falls in Winter 1880. Barker was born in Ontario Province and moved to Niagara Falls, NY starting a photography business there.

I thought of Simy and Nuccia right away.

After running around for almost an hour on the net, finally found two good sites:


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Not sure of what Luminous Lint means yet but the photos are worth looking at. The one in the book is number 33 near the bottom with several others, including a tightrope walker. I like the layers of the ice and the scale of the people in the background.


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This is the site for Historical Tapestry News and the book by Cathy Marie Buchanan The Day the Falls Stood Still is covered with three photos. The one with the lady petting the kitten on the barrel is familiar. Annie Taylor was from Auburn and was the first woman to go over the falls in a barrel and survive. The photo is by George Barker also. I hope she didn't take the kitten with her in the barrel.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2012 7:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dave, The picture are unbelievable! I can't even begin to estimate the amount of time and work that these early photographers had to put in to get such great pictures.

Luminous-Lint is the name of a website for photography. See link:


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2012 4:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gil,

I clicked on the photo of the winter scene from the book to get a better look, and Luminous-Lint has a set of the other photos below - also a light box feature.

What I meant about Luminous-Lint was that I didn't understand what the name meant - that site was one I found and posted here...perhaps the Luminous part is like the "silver screen" of movie theaters but the lint part, well, I don't know --- yet. I'll have to write them.

Yeah those old photographers and other pioneers were tough. Going over the Falls in barrels also a questionable dare.

Next post will be about some pioneering women painters that I have been reading about - many Italians or those who studied in Italy with the masters.

The one who caught my attention is named Sofonisba Anguissola, the "First Renaissance Woman Painter" as titled in the book by Christiane Inmann (Forbidden Fruit: A History of Women and Books).

The painting opening the section about Sofonisba is a self-portrait; she is holding a small book with an inscription: her name and "Virgo seipsam fecit 1554" which the author says is a reference to "the famous woman painter Iaia (later Marcia) of antiquity, who chose to remain chaste in order to concentrate on her art." She was nineteen when she painted this small portrait.

We have Italians here named Iaia and one of my cousin's Greek mother in law was called Iaia for "grandmother" (she said). Have to check on that too.

Anyway, her name is from Carthaginian antiquity (a princess in her case) and the family "had a strong connection to Carthaginian history." How did that come about to a family in Cremona? Perhaps Hannibal and his troops moving through during the Punic Wars.

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Some very clever work, in spite of the fact that she was not allowed to study anatomy - not ladylike you know - they would not want her to learn about her own body even.

Her father encouraged his six daughters and son in their art work, which was unusual for those days.

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Another is Christina Robertson:


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The Portrait of Empress Alexandra Fedorovna is in the book mentioned above and this empress established many schools for girls in Russia.

These artists were generally unknown to me - which puts my classes on art history to shame. Likewise the great Surrealist women painter had to be discovered much later and they were amazing - influenced the men for certain.

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