Amazing Studio Portraits of Nuns Taken During the 1950s and Early 1960s

Though brought up in a family mostly interested in scientific studies, French photographer Thérèse Le Prat, born Thérèse Cahen in 1895 in Pantin, was taught literature and music. When she divorced the publisher Guillaume Le Prat in the early 1930s, he offered her a really good camera, and she started photography. Thanks to her dawningContinue reading “Amazing Studio Portraits of Nuns Taken During the 1950s and Early 1960s”

39 Exceptional Photographic Portraits From the 1840’s

After the introduction of photography in the 1840s the early Victorians soon recognized the medium’s potential for portraiture. At first only the rich could afford high prices at fashionable city photographic studios. Alongside the professionals, gentleman amateurs worked to master photography’s complicated chemistry and optics. It was the children or other relatives of these firstContinue reading “39 Exceptional Photographic Portraits From the 1840’s”

100-Year-Ago Studio Photography – 41 Vintage Photos of Paper Moon Portraits From the 1900s and 1910s

Long before Instagram, photo booths or even the common ownership of a camera, you could get your photograph taken sitting on the moon. Often a fixture at fairs, parties and carnivals, people sat in the crescent of a smiling “paper moon,” as if lifted to the stars. A photographic phenomena primarily of the early halfContinue reading “100-Year-Ago Studio Photography – 41 Vintage Photos of Paper Moon Portraits From the 1900s and 1910s”

The First Hollywood Female Photographer: 47 Gorgeous Portrait Photos of Joan Crawford in the 1920s Taken by Ruth Harriet Louise

Born Ruth Goldstein in 1903 in New York City, but raised in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Ruth Harriet Louise was hired by Metro Goldwyn Mayer as chief portrait photographer in the summer of 1925, at the young age of 22 years old and became the only woman doing so for the Hollywood studios at theContinue reading “The First Hollywood Female Photographer: 47 Gorgeous Portrait Photos of Joan Crawford in the 1920s Taken by Ruth Harriet Louise”

40 Awkward Album Covers of Swedish Bands That Are So Bad, They’re Good

Sweden has had a long, beautiful relationship with pop music. In the 1970s there was ABBA, in the ’80s there was Roxette, and in the ’90s there was Ace of Base and The Cardigans. Music from Sweden is incredibly versatile and most often magnificent. In recent decades, the success has extended to Sweden’s surrounding countries.Continue reading “40 Awkward Album Covers of Swedish Bands That Are So Bad, They’re Good”

Rare Portraits From the Smith and Telfer Studio in Cooperstown, New York, 1865-1885

Washington G. Smith (1828-1893) and Arthur J. Telfer (1859-1954) spent almost one hundred years photographing people, events, and scenes in and around Cooperstown. At the time of his gift Telfer was 93 years old and was widely thought to be the oldest working photographer in the United States. Washington Smith worked with partners while heContinue reading “Rare Portraits From the Smith and Telfer Studio in Cooperstown, New York, 1865-1885”

32 Amazing Photographs of Paris in the 1950s by Photographer Robert Doisneau

Robert Doisneau (French: 14 April 1912 – 1 April 1994) was a French photographer. In the 1930s, he made photographs on the streets of Paris. He was a champion of humanist photography and with Henri Cartier-Bresson a pioneer of photojournalism. Doisneau is renowned for his 1950 image Le baiser de l’hôtel de ville (The KissContinue reading “32 Amazing Photographs of Paris in the 1950s by Photographer Robert Doisneau”