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Vernacular photograph

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Date:

    c.1930s-1950s (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 MB2H, shelf DR11, box PHOTO

Physical description

Black and white photograph of a woman wearing a trouser suit, holding her right hand up at face height and holding a camera in her left hand, elbow crooked. The woman is photographed from behind, featuring her back and the back of her head, althoug the camera's front faces the viewer. There are shadows on the floor; one for the female subject and the other perhaps that of the photographer. There are cars in the background on the right hand side and another female figure to the left.

Date

c.1930s-1950s (photographed)

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin silver print

Marks and inscriptions

Verso:
Right-centre: '028' stamped in black ink

Dimensions

Width: 67 mm image, Height: 101 mm image, Width: 83 mm sheet, Height: 116 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 holding up her right hand and holding a camera in her left, taken from behind. Photographer unknown, c.1930s-50s. 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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