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Vernacular photograph

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Date:

    1940s-50s (photographed)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gelatin silver print

  • Credit Line:

    Lent by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Peter Cohen

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case TECHS

Physical description

Black and white photograph of a woman in evening dress sitting in front of a screen holding a large flash camera. She is wearing a dark, strapless dress, white elbow length gloves and a pearl necklace. Behind her in the top right corner there is a spotlight, and a fence is visible under the screen

Date

1940s-50s (photographed)

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions

Width: 77 mm image, Height: 114 mm image, Width: 90 mm sheet, Height: 130 mm sheet

Object history note

From the collection of Peter Cohen. Given as part of a group of 50 photographs featuring cameras.

Descriptive line

Vernacular photograph of a woman in evening dress holding a camera, photographer unknown, 1940s-1950s. Gelatin silver print, from the collection of Peter Cohen, given as part of a group of 50 photographs featuring cameras.

Labels and date

Unknown Photographers
American and European vernacular
photographs
About 1910–60

As this selection of snapshots demonstrates, the
camera has proved to be an irresistible subject
for generations of amateur photographers. These
photographs of people holding cameras or in the
act of taking photographs attest to the broad
social appeal of the camera for much of the 20th
century.

Gelatin silver prints and C-type prints
Given by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity
of Peter Cohen
Museum nos. LOAN:AMERICANFRIENDS.710:1 to 50-2015 [23/7/2016-5/3/2017]

Materials

Photographic paper

Techniques

Gelatin silver process; Photography

Subjects depicted

Camera

Categories

Photographs; Portraits

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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