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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The tenderness of Motherhood: Touching images of mums around the world ...Daily Mail, July 23rd
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Bradley Hankey's LA paintingsCreative Boom, July 22nd
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[Photo: Missy Frederick/Eater.com]Eater, July 22nd
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Miss DivineCamden Advertiser, July 21st
The aim of entrants, according to organiser Boogie Bop Dames, is to "bring a vintage photograph to life on stage", through creating storylines and striking six poses in 45 seconds. "I try to make it funny, a bit like Lucille Ball," Bernhard said. For...Read more
The Huntington adds highlights to its American collectionGlendale News Press, July 21st
Rarely seen due to their light sensitivity and their need to rest between installations, Smith said, selections from 500 vintage photographs printed by Weston for the Huntington in the 1940s will rotate for the next year. One of the largest new...Read more
Archery in Joseon KingdomKorea Times, July 21st
From ancient times, Koreans believed that the attainment of enlightenment and virtue through cultivation of one's mind and body should be one's lifelong duty. With this goal in mind, they enjoyed many recreational sports. Particularly, archery was...Read more
Star Gives Library More Than One Million Vintage PhotographsTorontoist, June 25th
The Toronto Public Library's special collections department has just received a sizeable donation: more than one million photographs, which represent the complete photographic archive of the Toronto Star for the years 1900–1999. “This photo archive is ...Read more