Accession Number: Maker: Unidentified Title: Trick photo, decapitated man with bloody knife, holding his head Date: ca. 1875 Medium: albumen print, photomontage Dimensions: x cm. George Eastman House Collection General i The world through a lens, try this
Beautiful portrait of a father and his three children. The informal pose is unusual for that time period. And yet it shows the love of this father who doesn't mind getting down on the floor with his little ones. I love the way the boy is hugging his father from behind and the way the father is leaning into his girls, it displays such tenderness. Glasgow, Scotland. ca.
Another wonderful photograph of a Ghost mum. And for those who missed the first explanation: In the fledgling days of photography, one had to remain completely still for a length of time for a proper portrait to be taken. With a child’s predilection for doing anything but standing still, their mothers would have to be in the photography to keep them still. For reasons I’m not sure of, the bright idea was to cover the matrons with fabric, thus creating the ghost mother.