SPECTACULAR TURN-OF-THE-CENTURY STUDIO PHOTOGRAPH OF A NATIVE AMERICAN MALE - 4" x 5" GLASS NEGATIVE WITH DIGITAL 8" x 10" PRINT.
Last month, we acquired a remarkable collection of antique glass negatives from the estate of a prominent New Hampshire family. The negatives were stored in their original Eastman Kodak boxes. One box was labelled "Mr. Miner's glass negatives of Indians". We have had professional digital scans and 8" x 10" prints made from these plates to view the portraits - they are spectacular. We are selling the glass negatives along with the prints.
Studio portraits of Native American subjects were common during this era, as were field photographs of individuals and families in their everyday surroundings and lodgings. The subjects of these photographs ranged from tribal chiefs and elders to young braves, women and children. Portraits of the "wild Indian" - posing in "traditional" garb including feather headdresses, buckskin, breechcloths and regalia - were in great demand, as were images of the "civilized Indian" dressed in western attire.
Frontier photographers frequently used painted backdrops, props and costumes, and arranged their subjects in staged poses. It was common for photographers to use the same props in their portraits, making it difficult to authenticate triba ... read more