skiagraphia's photos with the ambrotype

Two faces of Prussia: detail

Two faces of Prussia: detail
Half plate German ambrotype
photographer unknown, probably late 1850s

Two brothers - a Prussian soldier and an elegantly dressed civilian - proudly pose in this rare German ambrotype. An image of fraternal solidarity, but also an involuntary allegory of…
Added on June  3, 2013

Two faces of Prussia

Two faces of Prussia
Half plate German ambrotype
photographer unknown, probably late 1850s

Two brothers - a Prussian soldier and an elegantly dressed civilian - proudly pose in this rare German ambrotype. An image of fraternal solidarity, but also an involuntary allegory of…
Added on June  3, 2013

Almost vanished. Alexandrine Salmon (née Breton, 1835-1911): photographer`s advertisement

Almost vanished. Alexandrine Salmon (née Breton, 1835-1911): photographer`s advertisement
6th plate French ambrotype
photographer unknown, c. 1860

The impression of the photographer`s advertisement, glued on the back of the ambrotype (scan in its original position and a digitally enhanced version):

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"ts" could be the final lett…
Added on May 31, 2013

Almost vanished. Alexandrine Salmon (née Breton, 1835-1911): handwritten note

Almost vanished. Alexandrine Salmon (née Breton, 1835-1911): handwritten note
6th plate French ambrotype
photographer unknown, c. 1860

The note reads:
"Daguerreotype de ma Mère
Alexandrine Salmon, née Breton
née le 4 oct. 1835
décédée le 22 juin 1911"

It is clear that by the time this note was written, both daguerreotypes and amb…
Added on May 31, 2013

Almost vanished. Alexandrine Salmon (née Breton, 1835-1911)

Almost vanished. Alexandrine Salmon (née Breton, 1835-1911)
6th plate French ambrotype
photographer unknown, ca. 1860

Eyes can barely discern the likeness of a beautiful young woman on the thin surface of this badly damaged French ambrotype. However, some very careful scanning and a few digital tricks managed to…
Added on May 31, 2013

Four abandoned ancestors: IV. Old lady

Four abandoned ancestors: IV. Old lady
6th plate ambrotype
unidentified American photographer, ca. 1860
entry number: amb.2010.07

This is one of a group of four ambrotypes that I acquired in 2010, which have apparently belonged to one single unidentified family. The group comprises a young la…
Added on May 31, 2013

Four abandoned ancestors: III. Old lady

Four abandoned ancestors: III. Old lady
9th plate ambrotype
unidentified American photographer, ca. 1860
entry number: amb.2010.06

This is one of a group of four ambrotypes that I acquired in 2010, which have apparently belonged to one single unidentified family. The group comprises a young la…
Added on May 31, 2013

Four abandoned ancestors: II. The husband

Four abandoned ancestors: II. The husband
6th plate ambrotype
unidentified American photographer, ca. 1860
entry number: amb.2010.05.

This is one of a group of four ambrotypes that I acquired in 2010, which have apparently belonged to one single unidentified family. The group comprises a young l…
Added on May 31, 2013

Four abandoned ancestors: I. The mother and the daughter

Four abandoned ancestors: I. The mother and the daughter
6th plate ambrotype
unidentified American photographer, ca. 1860
entry number: amb.2010.04.

This is one of a group of four ambrotypes that I acquired in 2010, which have apparently belonged to one single unidentified family. The group comprises this youn…
Added on May 31, 2013

Ambrotype of a Virginian couple

Ambrotype of a Virginian couple
Half plate American ambrotype
photorapher unknown, late 1850s-early 1860s
entry number: amb.2010.09.

Ambrotype of an American couple, coming from an estate in Norfolk, Virginia (Park Place or West Ghent) - thus, there is a great probability that the two…
Added on May 31, 2013

Ambrotype of a Virginian couple: plate

Ambrotype of a Virginian couple: plate
Half plate American ambrotype
photorapher unknown, late 1850s-early 1860s
entry number: amb.2010.09.

Ambrotype of an American couple, coming from an estate in Norfolk, Virginia (Park Place or West Ghent) - thus, there is a great probability that the two…
Added on May 31, 2013

Ambrotype of an American gentleman

Ambrotype of an American gentleman
6th plate ambrotype
unidentified American photographer, late 1850s - early 1860s
entru number: amb.2010.02

Ambrotype of an imposing American gentleman, wearing frock coat and a noteworthy cravat.

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View this ambrotype on Flickr.
Added on May 30, 2013

Ambrotype of a lady in fur wrap: case tray

Ambrotype of a lady in fur wrap: case tray
9th plate American ambrotype
photographer unknown, ca. 1857-60

Small photograph of an elegant lady with fur, veiled bonnet and white (or light coloured) leather gloves. Her frontal pose is seasoned with the shadow of a smile.

The ambrotype is quite sev…
Added on May 30, 2013

Ambrotype of a lady in fur wrap: case cover

Ambrotype of a lady in fur wrap: case cover
9th plate American ambrotype
photographer unknown, ca. 1857-60

Small photograph of an elegant lady with fur, veiled bonnet and white (or light coloured) leather gloves. Her frontal pose is seasoned with the shadow of a smile.

The ambrotype is quite sev…
Added on May 30, 2013

Ambrotype of a lady in fur wrap (in case)

Ambrotype of a lady in fur wrap (in case)
9th plate American ambrotype
photographer unknown, ca. 1857-60

Small photograph of an elegant lady with fur, veiled bonnet and white (or light coloured) leather gloves. Her frontal pose is seasoned with the shadow of a smile.

The ambrotype is quite sev…
Added on May 30, 2013

Ambrotype of a lady in fur wrap

Ambrotype of a lady in fur wrap
9th plate American ambrotype
photographer unknown, ca. 1857-60

Small photograph of an elegant lady with fur, veiled bonnet and white (or light coloured) leather gloves. Her frontal pose is seasoned with the shadow of a smile.

The ambrotype is quite sev…
Added on May 30, 2013

Little women: plate detail

Little women: plate detail
Half plate American ambrotype
photographer unknown,
ca. 1860.

Four lovely young women and a little boy gather around a severe elder lady, for what must have been the perfect 1860s family photograph. Elegant gowns, bare-shouldered teenage girls, brooches,…
Added on May 29, 2013

Little women

Little women
Half plate American ambrotype
photographer unknown,
ca. 1860.

Four lovely young women and a little boy gather around a severe elder lady, for what must have been the perfect 1860s family photograph. Elegant gowns, bare-shouldered teenage girls, brooches,…
Added on May 29, 2013