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    Posted 10 years ago

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    Please excuse the ghastly photos. The reflections were killing me. This, too was in my Grandparents estate. They had a lot of early California Artists, such as this gentleman, Harold A Taylor. This is indeed a mystery for the photography sleuths. I have been able to find very little about him, except that he did architectural photos for his bread and butter, but started Three Arrows Studio in Coronado CA. where he was an early innovator in colorized film. I have always wondered if this was a "tinted" photo, I don't think so . I think it is an early example of his"colorizing experiments". What do you think, Thank you as always, Michelle Amieux

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    1. packrat-place packrat-place, 10 years ago
      Very nice! Photographing through glass is a real challenge. I have been struggling with that for years.
    2. michelleamieux michelleamieux, 10 years ago
      Thanks to all lovers of this great old piece!! I just need to find out more about Harold A.Taylor, who was quite the innovator in the "film"(as in cameras) world. Photographing through glass is KILLING me packrat, I keep thinking I have some brilliant new idea, and each time, there is my face and camera in the photo, hmmmm. Harold Taylor would've known!! Thank you, Mich
    3. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      Interesting photograph but hard to tell details through the glass.

    4. michelleamieux michelleamieux, 9 years ago
      The one article says Pillsbury ran the Three Arrows from 1896 on, after acquiring it from Hallet and Harold Taylor, while the next article says he bought it after the earthquake, hmmm, another mystery. I had read that the Three Arrows was in Coronado, near San Diego, and did not know about the Yosemite studio. I was happy to see that Butterfield's had Taylor in auction under Fine Art Photography. That is a good sign...maybe I should try to contact someone at Butterfield's? I will take some different photos with some of the techniques I have learned about photographing under glass. I wonder if Taylor and Hallet left Yosemite and started another Three Arrows in Coronado, after 1896 or 1906? So many questions, not a lot of answers!! Very interesting for the photography sleuths!!Thank you for your help, mich
    5. DrGayle, 9 years ago
      Harold A Taylor was my husband's great, great uncle and did indeed live in Coronado, Escondido and La Jolla California. He was the official photographer for the Hotel Del Coronado for many years. We have several of his "tinted" photographs and a rather handsome portrait of himself.
    6. junkcollector junkcollector, 9 years ago
      I know nothing about this artist (though I love the photograph), but fyi - when shooting through glass a polarizing filter helps (if your camera can take filters). If you tend to do a lot of shooting in areas with reflections, you might consider making the investment.
    7. Kath62, 8 years ago
      I have a piece that is similar to yours signed Harold A. Taylor with a T and W mark. The letters are on top of each other. I could not tell what media it was but after seeing your post I guess it is a photograph. I love it! I thought that it might have been done by a Rookwood artist. Can you tell me more about his work?
    8. michelleamieux michelleamieux, 8 years ago
      all I have been able to discern is that he came up with a color photography film and process, but had no capital to reinvent the whole countries photography infrastructure until the Eastman/Kodak had the money to give the vendors the materials necessary to print color photos. My "opinion" is somewhat "Fact Free", but I have pieced together bits and pictures and little blurbs here and there, and I did an EXTENSIVE SEARCH!!!! So, what I believe these to be are not hand tinted," colorized" B&W photos, but a color film that was invented way before it's time, but as is the case with so many scientists and artists, they are better at their field than marketing. I have never had it appraised for value or , just plain ...what is that????? I love the subtle space between the elements in the photo. It really is early Southern California, mine is. He like to do Eucalyptus, as I saw another like mine, different, but a landscape with Eucalyptus somewhere in my searches. He had a studio in Coronado San Diego Island (tres cool at that époque-artist colony)called the THREE ARROWS STUDIO. That is about all I know. I have seen and have a lot of hand tinted photos from many eras, and this is just different, the lines are too distinct, even if the colors are not sharp. If you find out anything, please add on, Thank you, Michelle
    9. christinetravers, 6 years ago
      The San Diego History Center has a photo album by Harold Taylor (in the Andreas Brown Collection) as well as a collection of glass plate negatives. The prints in the album are hand-colored black and white prints rather than prints made from color film. Please feel free to contact me or come in and have a
    10. geom563, 5 years ago
      I have also just found a beautiful "print" by Harold A Taylor that was part of my parents collectibles that appears to be one of his colorizing experiments. I am investigating it now. George Murphy.
    11. Celiene Celiene, 5 years ago
      Take it outside and photograph it in natural ambient light.
    12. geom563, 5 years ago
      Thanks I will and then see if I can post it.

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