Favourite Historic Image

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  1. cliveh

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    Mine is this one by Julia Margaret Cameron. I got a copy of it printed in Camera Works and had it mounted and framed. Seeing a Julia Margaret Cameron exhibition in NYC years ago was what got me back into photography.

    Richard


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    Mine is probably this astonishing portrait of Frederic Chopin. I don't know whether I am more amazed by the photograph, by the man, or that someone actually got a photograph of him. This image is 162 years old!

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    (Taken by Louis-Auguste Bisson in 1849, a few months before his death. I don't know what gear was used.)

    There are many early images of prominent native Americans that I also like very much.
     
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    Yeah, there's lots of great ones, but my favorite one is hands down this one!

    The story behind it is one of the best stories I've ever heard.
     
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    Hope this qualifies. I purchased this at the Brimfield antiques fair forever ago. In person of course there is none of the keystoning or blurriness or flare. When you look at the print itself it just looks as if the fellow in front is a projection from the future that was captured on film. He looks as if he is wearing a period disguise while he is checking his communicator to see when the wormhole is going to open. Every time I pull it out of its storage box I wonder if he will still be in the photo. There is no explaining it but if the house was on fire and everybody was safely out, this is what I would run back in for. Size is great too at something like 14 x 18 inches.

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    Also had the phenomenal luck to view this in person. It absolutely smolders at 8x10 inches (image size). Probably the best print I have seen in terms of pure technical execution. And the subjects are up to the task in a big way. If Jackie spoke it would not surprise the viewer.

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    I found this old photograph buried in a pile of cabinet cards and prints at the Hotel Love in Purcell Oklahoma. Just had to have it. I thought it interesting, even the Nun was packing a folder. http://cowgurlsblessing.blogspot.com/2010/03/hotel-lovepurcell-ok.html

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    Not a fun pic, but the one by Dmitri Baltermants of the women looking for sons, husbands, fathers and friends at Kerch in 1942

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    Perhaps the strongest war image that comes to mind, and although well known is often overshadowed by the huge American publishing machine which gives the impression that only the USA has ever produced war photographs
     
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    Some years ago I visited her old home at Freshwater on the Isle of White and that same wallpaper was still on the wall. Perhaps she also had some pasted to a board that she used in her converted chicken shed?
     
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    If you lived where I live, you could see a JMC exhibition every day!


    And that's Wight, not White!!


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    My choice as well, and made in the 1960's when I first saw the image in a Photography book by Eric De La Mare which I bought as a teenager while at school.

    Ian

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    I like any of Ansel Adams pictures.

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    I love historic pictures, but my favorite is one my great grandfather made, which I reprinted in the early 80's of my grandmother, her two brothers and their mother, my great grandmother. Did you follow that? I'm not sure I did... anyway, I uploaded it to the gallery here awhile ago.

    http://www.apug.org/gallery1/showimage.php?i=20949&catid=member&imageuser=2670#comments

    There are lots of others I like, too, but this one has a personal connection.
     
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    Wow this is pretty scary.

    I happen to agree that this image is mine as well. When I looked at this thread I did not immediately open because I did not want to be influenced ... but the first image that came to my mind was this exact one.

    What is it about this image , as I have her books and she made a lot of images and this one stands out.

    Is it possibly that this young woman transcends time???? hmmm.


     
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    many things by atget... some pictorialist things but

    ok, not as famous, or even well crafted, or historically significant,
    but one of mine is this image of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, it
    implies a lot about the modern industrial world, to me at least...

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    I have a real affinity for this one:

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    I think your right about it being a timeless image also the simplicity, it's certainly has a remarkable freshness even today 147 years after it was taken.
    Ian

     
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    How true. Batteries not required.
     
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    Amazing! I wish I had the fortune to have met him.
    One thing I love about his books are the anecdotes. He described Churchill as being "so belligerent, he could've devoured me." How vivid!