23 Extraordinary Mugshots of Turn-of-the-Century Prisoners

“Some years ago I discovered a cache of glass negative mug shots taken in the early 20th century; each negative was inscribed with the man’s name and alleged crime. In order to research the life of each man pictured in the 500 negatives, I spent the next three years traveling back and forth from NewContinue reading “23 Extraordinary Mugshots of Turn-of-the-Century Prisoners”

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”

40 Amazing Vintage Portraits of Persians Taken During the 19th Century

Antoin Sevruguin is one of the first photographers to document life during the reign of the Qajar dynasty in Persia (1785–1925). Born into a diplomat family in the Russian embassy in Tehran in 1830, Sevruguin traveled around the country as an artist and photographer portraying the everyday lives of the Iranian people from 1870 toContinue reading “40 Amazing Vintage Portraits of Persians Taken During the 19th Century”

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”

56 Amazing Vintage Colorized Photos of the American Civil War

The Civil War is the central event in America’s historical consciousness. While the Revolution of 1776-1783 created the United States, the Civil War of 1861-1865 determined what kind of nation it would be. The war resolved two fundamental questions left unresolved by the revolution: whether the United States was to be a dissolvable confederation ofContinue reading “56 Amazing Vintage Colorized Photos of the American Civil War”

25 Gorgeous Color Photos Taken by Alfonse Van Besten in the 1910s

Belgian painter Alfonse Van Besten (1865-1926) embraced technology, utilizing innovative color processes to transfer black and white photographs into vivid, at times lurid Autochromes. The tableaux of his Autochromes (a technology patented by the Lumière brothers in 1903 and the first color photographic process developed on an industrial scale) are often bucolic and romantic. HereContinue reading “25 Gorgeous Color Photos Taken by Alfonse Van Besten in the 1910s”

25 Vintage Photos Showing Life in America From Between the 1940s and 1960s

Introduced in 1935 as the first modern color film, Kodachrome was used extensively after World War II by amateur photographers equipped with the new high-quality and low cost 35mm cameras. Americans in Kodachrome 1945-1965 is an unprecedented portrayal of the daily life of the people during these formative years of modern American culture. It isContinue reading “25 Vintage Photos Showing Life in America From Between the 1940s and 1960s”