From Mathew Brady's Civil War photos to Ansel Adams' landscapes to Irving Penn's magazine shots, antique and vintage photographs are highly collectible. Photography was introduced in the U.S. in 1839, and immediately became popular.
Daguerreotypes dominated the field of photography until the mid-1850s. A daguerreotype is a copper plate covered with a thin layer of polished silver that looks like a mirror when held at a certain angle. By the mid-1840s, they were affordable for the average person, and it is therefore relatively easy to find old daguerreotypes today. Most daguerreotypes were studio portraits, where the subject posed for the photograph at the photographer's studio. Daguerreotypes featuring outdoor or street scenes are far rarer.
In the mid-1850s, ambrotypes replaced the daguerreotype. An ambrotype is a negative that has been put on glass and placed against a black background to make it look like a positive. Ambrotypes were popular until the 1890s. Another example of a cased image like the daguerreotype or ambrotype is the tintype, which was patented in 1856 and was made using a thin sheet of iron.
Stereoviews, also known as stereographs, were also created in the late 1850s and reached a peak of popularity in the 1870s. Stereoviews were cheap photographs that simulated a 3D view. In the 1880s, various companies decided to mass-market stereoviews that featured pictures of foreign locations to homes and schools. Stereoviews remained popular throughout the early 1900s.
In 1859, the carte de visite, which had been created in France, was introduced to the U.S. The carte de visite, or CDV, was a 2.5 inch by 4 inch print made of paper. As it was more affordable than previous forms of photography, it was accessible to a wider group of people. Many Civil War soldiers had their photographs taken and printed as a CDV.
Real photo postcards are another popular form of photographic print. Real photo postcards were made by developing a photograph onto postcard-sized photo paper with a postcard backing. They are still made today.
The most popular paper photographic print is the gelatin silver print, or black and white photograph. Gelatin silver prints have a long lifespan if well-maintained. Most 20th cen...
Scarcity, condition, and the identity of the photographer and subject all play a role in determining the value of antique and vintage photographs. Some examples of popular (and collectible) photographers include Lewis Hine, Robert Frank, W. Eugene Smith, Danny Lyon, Paul Outerbridge, Jr., and the photographers associated with the Farm Security Administration, such as Ben Shahn, Dorothea Lange, and Walker Evans.
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Artist Ken's 'monster' is sure to turn headsTeesdale Mercury, December 22nd
He has transformed many of the photographs he has taken, as well as vintage photographs from The Bowes Museum, into artworks. Photographs that he took of the destruction of Ullathorne Mill are to form part of the exhibition. He said an animal section...Read more
Project SAVE at St. Stephen's Armenian Elementary SchoolThe Armenian Mirror-Spectator, December 21st
Using enlargements of vintage photographs from the collections of Project SAVE Archives, Thomasian engaged students in observing details and using these clues to “read” the photographs and discover their deeper meaning. She asked students to observe ...Read more
Seaons Greetings from Boxford!Wicked Local Boxford, December 21st
During the 1950's these cards seem to have been quite popular and many are now included in the photograph collection held by the Boxford Historic Document Center. Paul Killam probably made several of these, working in a darkroom in his house, with help ...Read more
Community news Dec. 21, 2014The Keene Sentinel, December 21st
In 2010, the library received an Institute for Museum and Library Services preservation grant that funded the duplication and re-housing of about 4,000 historic photographic prints from the library's cataloged photograph collection. This grant is a...Read more
Facio: photographer as avid collectorBuenos Aires Herald, December 21st
A fascinating historical document, Latinoamérica is just part of the MNBA's entire photograph collection, which holds more than one thousand works. “Sara Facio is a wonderful artist who championed the cause of photography as one of the fine arts...Read more
Exhibits: East Side and Lower Valley Al Borrego Studio & Gallery: 1501C Main ...El Paso Times, December 20th
In December, "The Past Renewed," before-and-after vintage photographs restored by John Turkle. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday. 575-647-0508. Las Cruces Museum of Art: 491 N. Main, Las Cruces. On display: "Fragile ...Read more
Vintage photograph, handwritten letter by Karl Marx fetches $678000 at auctionHindustan Times, December 18th
Communist regime that came to power in China in 1949. karl marx · karl marx letter · karl marx letter auction · karl marx vintage photographs. comment Note: By posting your comments here you agree to the terms and conditions of www.hindustantimes...Read more
RFPL awarded preservation grantCommons, December 17th
In 2010, the RFPL received an Institute for Museum and Library Services preservation grant that funded the duplication and re-housing of approximately 4,000 historic photographic prints from the Library's Cataloged Photograph Collection. This grant is...Read more