Posted 7 years ago
A couple of days ago, commenting on Amber's post "Back to finding Photos" (http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/129698-back-to-finding-photos?in=user) arised the subject of collecting a certain kind of photos.
Although my first old photograph was bought in 2001, right before going to the US -and i took it with me-, I started getting them "with a purpose" about three years ago. I first started buying visit carte-de-visites and a couple of cabinet photos of handsome men and soldiers (yes, I know, too gay :) ). And one day, looking for them on ebay, I found the kind of old photographs I could love: people standing by pieces of Art Nouveau furniture or sat on Art Nouveau chairs. In these I can find everal things i love:
a) old portraits
b) a display of Art Nouveau design
c) a display of clothes people wore in the early 1900s
d) a collection of Art Nouveau graphics (at both the studio's stamp and at the back of the photo)
One more thing I loved about it was the format: not a standard carte-de-visite, but a narrower, more vertical looking one that I guess was the fashion in Germany at the time (beacause most of them came from Germany, a country where Art Nouveau -or Jugendstil- was thoroughly extended in every aspect of life... even social housing!- )
On pic1, which is my favoutite one here. you can see two photos: one of a man and the other of his son. There's no doubt they were taken during the same session and the same elements appear in both... I think it really is great I was able to get both of them.