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MFA Images: Documenting Our World

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  • Elizabeth Johnstone, Seated Newhaven Fishwife

    1843–48

    Hill and Adamson (Scottish, 19th century Scottish)

    Description

    The early history of photography in Edinburgh is distinguished by the remarkable partnership between the painter David Octavius Hill and the engineer Robert Adamson, who brought Talbot's calotype, or paper negative, process to an artistic summit. The quiet dignity of this portrait of Elizabeth Johnstone, from Hill and Adamson's documentary series on the Scottish fishing village of Newhaven, is due in part to certain characteristics of the calotype process. The grainy paper negative eliminated excessive detail and shaped a monumental figure out of broad areas of light and shadow. Showing the strain of the long exposure, the sitter supports herself against the stack of picturesque baskets, her eyes downcast. Her sculptural serenity is enlivened by the conflicting stripes of the skirts and aprons of her regional costume, an effect repeated in the sparkling pattern of the rough woven baskets.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image: 21.27 x 15.87 cm (8 3/8 x 6 1/4 in.) Mount: 37.5 x 26.0 cm (14 3/4 x 10 1/4 in.)

    Medium

    Photograph, salt print from calotype negative

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    1974.469

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  • Mother and Child

    1930–35

    Dorothea Lange (American, 1895–1965 American)

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Sheet: 19.68 x 19.34 cm (7 3/4 x 7 5/8 in.)

    Medium

    Photograph, gelatin silver print

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    1992.263

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  • Migrant Family, Texas

    1936

    Dorothea Lange (American, 1895–1965 American)

    Description

    Dorothea Lange had a deep-seated belief in photography as a tool for social change. She was hired in the mid-1930s by the Farm Security Administration (FSA) to document the plight of the poor and dispossessed during the Depression. Her empathetic response to her subjects set her work apart from many of her contemporaries. This image depicts a migrant family from Texas trying to escape the drought-stricken Dust Bowl. Telling details are captured in Lange's characteristically sensitive style, including the shotgun shell held by the solemn child, the mother's weary stance and bandaged legs, and the father's hunched form as he crawls under the broken-down truck to repair it.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image: 21.8 x 30.6 cm (8 9/16 x 12 1/16 in.) Sheet: 26.3 x 31.9 cm (10 3/8 x 12 9/16 in.)

    Medium

    Photograph, gelatin silver print

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    1979.15

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  • At the Vermont State Fair, Rutland

    negative 1941, printed later

    Jack Delano (American (born in Kiev), 1914–1977 American)

    Description
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    Dimensions

    22.9 x 33.0 cm (9 x 13 in.)

    Medium

    Photograph, dye transfer print

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    2002.392

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  • Barker at the Grounds, Vermont State Fair, Rutland

    1941

    Jack Delano (American (born in Kiev), 1914–1977 American)

    Description
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    Dimensions

    22.9 x 33.0 cm (9 x 13 in.)

    Medium

    Photograph, dye transfer print

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    2002.393

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  • A Food for Defense Meeting of White FSA Borrowers at White...

    1941

    Jack Delano (American (born in Kiev), 1914–1977 American)

    Description
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    Dimensions

    44.3 x 57.8 cm (17 7/16 x 22 3/4 in.)

    Medium

    Photograph, gelatin silver print

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    2002.414

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  • Mrs. J. Borden Harriman Opens the Campaign for Woodrow Wilson

    1912

    Artist Unidentified artist, American, 20th century (American)

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Image/Sheet: 35.7 x 28.3 cm (14 1/16 x 11 1/8 in.) Mount: 44.6 x 41.0 cm (17 9/16 x 16 1/8 in.)

    Medium

    Photograph, gelatin silver print

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    1973.450

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  • Newsboy on Street Corner

    1909

    Lewis W. Hine (American, 1874–1940 American)

    Description
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    Medium

    Photograph, gelatin silver print

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    1973.301

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  • First Work in America

    1910

    Lewis W. Hine (American, 1874–1940 American)

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Image: 24 x 19 cm (9 7/16 x 7 1/2 in.) Sheet: 25 x 20 cm (9 13/16 x 7 7/8 in.)

    Medium

    Photograph, gelatin silver print

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    1973.614

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  • Italian Peasants

    Artist Unidentified artist, Italian, 19th century (Italian)

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Image/sheet: 18.7 x 22.9 cm (7 3/8 x 9 in.)

    Medium

    Photograph, albumen print

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    1977.638

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  • Children on Fish Weir

    about 1860–80

    Carlo Naya (Italian (Venice (?)), 1816–1882)

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Image/Sheet: 23.9 x 18.4 cm (9 7/16 x 7 1/4 in.)

    Medium

    Photograph, albumen print

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    1978.173

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  • Ruins of Paper Mill, Richmond, Virginia (Franklin paper mill and...

    April, 1865

    Alexander Gardner (American, 1821–1882 American)

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Sheet: 19.2 x 23.9 cm (7 9/16 x 9 7/16 in.)

    Medium

    Photograph, albumen print

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    1978.270

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  • Window Display—Mannequins (Avenue de Gobelins, Paris)

    1920–30

    Jean-Eugène Auguste Atget (French, 1857–1927 French)

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Image/Sheet (slightly variable): 22.4 x 16.8 cm (8 13/16 x 6 5/8 in.)

    Medium

    Photograph, printing out paper

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    1978.187

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  • Shoeshine and pickpocket

    Giorgio Sommer (Italian (born in Germany), 1834–1914)

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Image/Sheet: 23.3 x 19.4 cm (9 3/16 x 7 5/8 in.)

    Medium

    Photograph, albumen print

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    1978.419

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  • At The Old Well of Acoma

    1904

    Edward S. Curtis (American, 1868–1952 American)

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Image/Sheet: 31.9 x 40.7 cm (12 9/16 x 16 in.)

    Medium

    Photograph, gelatin silver print, brown-toned

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    1979.402

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  • Au Siège de Sebastopol (Rue de la Monnaie from the Rue de Rivoli)

    1865–66

    Charles Marville (born Charles François Bossu) (French,...

    Description

    Charles Marville is known for his photographs of Paris. He was named "photographer of the city of Paris" in 1862, and recorded the city both before and after Baron Haussmann's massive urban renewal projects of the 1860s. The visual drama that characterizes Marville's depiction of the rue de la Monnaie is typical of his photographs of old Paris. The converging lines of architecture, sky, and road highlight the tight narrowness of the street, an aspect of old Paris that would soon be swept away by Haussmann's wide boulevards. Signs and figures animate the surface of the corner building, contrasting with the empty street and the stillness of the delivery wagons waiting there.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image/Sheet: 27.1 x 26.8 cm (10 11/16 x 10 9/16 in.) Mount: 33.2 x 31.9 cm (13 1/16 x 12 9/16 in.) Mount: 60.2 x 41.4 cm (23 11/16 x 16 5/16 in.)

    Medium

    Photograph, albumen print

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    1980.217

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  • A Madonna of the Tenements

    1904

    Lewis W. Hine (American, 1874–1940 American)

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Image (round, diameter): 10 cm (3 15/16 in.) Sheet: 17.8 x 12.7 cm (7 x 5 in.)

    Medium

    Photograph, gelatin silver print

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    1981.34

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  • Tailor's Shop, Cairo

    Artist Unidentified artist, 19th century

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Image/Sheet: 25.2 x 19.0 cm (9 15/16 x 7 1/2 in.) Mount: 53.7 x 39.3 cm (21 1/8 x 15 1/2 in.)

    Medium

    Photograph, albumen print

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    1981.276

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  • Baptismal Scene

    1925–30, published 1933

    Doris Ulmann (American, 1882–1934 American)

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Image: 21.6 x 16.5 cm (8 1/2 x 6 1/2 in.) Sheet: 28.6 x 21 cm (11 1/4 x 8 1/4 in.)

    Medium

    Photogravure

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    1984.861

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  • Group Portrait of Thirteen Men

    1850–60

    Southworth and Hawes (American, 1843–62)

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Plate: 16.5 x 21.6 cm (6 1/2 x 8 1/2 in.)

    Medium

    Photograph, daguerreotype

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    1994.130

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  • James Linton. Newhaven Fisherman

    1843-47

    Hill and Adamson (Scottish, 19th century Scottish)

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Image: 20.2 x 14.1 cm (7 15/16 x 5 9/16 in.) Sheet: 21.1 x 14.5 cm (8 5/16 x 5 11/16 in.)

    Medium

    Photograph, salted paper print from paper nagative

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    1996.361

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  • The Cheap Fish of St. Giles's from "Street Life in...

    1877

    Artist John Thomson (English, 1785–1866 English)

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Image/Sheet: 11.2 x 9 cm (4 7/16 x 3 9/16 in.) Mount: 27.8 x 21.4 cm (10 15/16 x 8 7/16 in.)

    Medium

    Photograph, Woodburytype

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    2001.349

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  • Painting Studio

    late 19th century

    Unknown (Austrian, 19th century Austrian, 19th century)

    Description
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    Dimensions

    11 x 15.3 cm (4 5/16 x 6 in. )

    Medium

    Photograph

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    2002.238

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    Asia, Photography

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  • Three Pipers (Trois Pifferari)

    about 1853–54

    Charles Nègre (French, 1820–1880)

    Description

    Charles Nègre belonged to the first generation of artist-photographers in France. His training as an artist informed all of the works in his large and varied oeuvre, perhaps especially his studies of the street people of Paris and their occupations, long a favorite subject of printmakers. His genre scenes, which were posed because of the protracted exposures, are pioneering examples of street photography, depicting familiar types such as ragpickers, chimney sweeps, and stonemasons. Exotic Italian pipers, shown here at rest in a palpitating light, had a strong presence in the artistic and musical imagination of the day. Nègre's salted paper print lends a soft, pictorial effect to the details of their instruments, costume, and physiognomy.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image/sheet: 15.9 x 20.2 cm (6 1/4 x 7 15/16 in.)

    Medium

    Photograph, salted paper print from wet-collodion-on-glass negative

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    2002.334

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  • Loggers Camping

    around 1900

    Unidentified artist, American, 19th century

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 15.2 x 20.3 cm (6 x 8 in.)

    Medium

    Photograph, gelatin silver print

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    2002.815

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  • Cedars (with two child loggers)

    around 1900

    Unidentified artist, American, 19th century

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 15.2 x 20.3 cm (6 x 8 in.)

    Medium

    Photograph, gelatin silver print

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    2002.816

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  • Northeast Gate of the city wall from within Seoul (NRICP Relic...

    1884

    Percival Lowell (American, 1855–1916 American)

    Description
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    Medium

    Photograph, albumen print

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    2003.669

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  • The street ashes leading to the Blue Unicorn Valley- My house...

    1884

    Percival Lowell (American, 1855–1916 American)

    Description
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    Medium

    Photograph, albumen print

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    2003.670

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  • Crowd collected to witness the passing of the King (NRICP Relic...

    1884

    Percival Lowell (American, 1855–1916 American)

    Description
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    Medium

    Photograph, albumen print

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    2003.673

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  • Korean Interpreters into Japanese (NRICP Relic No.: 2899)

    1884

    Percival Lowell (American, 1855–1916 American)

    Description
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    Photograph, albumen print

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    2003.687

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  • Character performance and musician in the inner court of a...

    1884

    Percival Lowell (American, 1855–1916 American)

    Description
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    Medium

    Photograph, albumen print

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    2003.691

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  • U.S. Legaion at Seoul: Mister Foote, Mrs. Foote, suite and...

    1884

    Percival Lowell (American, 1855–1916 American)

    Description
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    Medium

    Photograph, albumen print

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    2003.692

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  • Apothocary Shop (NRICP Relic No.: 2904)

    1884

    Percival Lowell (American, 1855–1916 American)

    Description
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    Photograph, albumen print

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    2003.694

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  • Korean Gentleman in the inner courtyard of his home, Seoul (NRICP...

    1884

    Percival Lowell (American, 1855–1916 American)

    Description
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    Photograph, albumen print

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    2003.700

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  • My Japanese cook dressed in Korean clothes in a corner of a...

    1884

    Percival Lowell (American, 1855–1916 American)

    Description
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    Medium

    Photograph, albumen print

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    2003.709

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  • Singing Girl : "The Fragrant Iris" (NRICP Relic No.: 2877)

    1884

    Percival Lowell (American, 1855–1916 American)

    Description
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    Medium

    Photograph, albumen print

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    2003.717

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  • The Foreign School: courtyard in front of building (NRICP Relic...

    1884

    Percival Lowell (American, 1855–1916 American)

    Description
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    Medium

    Photograph, albumen print

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    2003.719

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  • Korean Palaguin (NRICP Relic No.: 2917)

    1884

    Percival Lowell (American, 1855–1916 American)

    Description
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    Photograph, albumen print

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    2003.723

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  • Their Highness the Prime Minister, His sons and grandsons (NRICP...

    1884

    Percival Lowell (American, 1855–1916 American)

    Description
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    Medium

    Photograph, albumen print

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    2003.726

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  • Theodore Ferris (“Candy Sam”), blind seller of apples and...

    1865

    George Kendall Warren (American, 1824–1884 American)

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 18.7 x 13.4 cm (7 3/8 x 5 1/4 in.) Mount: 31.8 x 25.1 cm (12 1/2 x 9 7/8 in.)

    Medium

    Photograph, albumen print

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    2005.304

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  • Sleeping Tramp in Marseilles

    1935–37

    Brassaï (Gyula Halasz) (French (born in Hungary), 1899–1984)

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Image/Sheet: 23.6 x 17.6 cm (9 5/16 x 6 15/16 in.) Mount: 42.9 x 35.4 cm (16 7/8 x 13 15/16 in.)

    Medium

    Photograph, gelatin silver print

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    1986.594

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  • Lyric Theatre from Berenice Abbott's New York

    1936

    Berenice Abbott (American, 1898–1991 American)

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Image/Sheet: 27.1 x 34.6 cm (10 11/16 x 13 5/8 in.) Mount: 51.0 x 41.0 cm (20 1/16 x 16 1/8 in.) Case: 55.24 x 43.18 x 5.08 cm (21 3/4 x 17 x 2 in.)

    Medium

    Photograph, gelatin silver print

    Classification

    Photographs, Portfolios

    Accession Number

    1989.830

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  • Bringing down logs for Heatley and Comapny's steamers

    around 1900

    Unidentified artist, American, 19th century

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 15.2 x 20.3 cm (6 x 8 in.)

    Medium

    Photograph, gelatin silver print

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    2002.812

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  • Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 15.2 x 20.3 cm (6 x 8 in.)

    Medium

    Photograph, gelatin silver print

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    2002.813

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