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AtypicalArt ADMIN September 20, 2010
Thanks to all for the great contributions to the group!

Group Description

This group is all about vintage photographs that employ (or attempt to employ) some type of "trick", visual illusion, novel effect, or physical manipulation of the negative or print. The name of this group is derived from the book "Photographic Amusements, Including Tricks and Unusual or Novel Effects Obtainable With the Camera" by Frank R. Fraprie and Walter E. Woodbury, first published in 1896 by the Scovil and Adams Company. This book was very influential during the dawn of the American snapshot as evidenced today by the numerous photographs that have survived over the years which employ the various techniques discussed in the book.

Some examples of what might be posted in this group (phrases in quotes come from the book referenced above):

1. Photos which use perspective to render an unusual effect.
2. Unusual acrobatic and body position arrangements/poses (pyramids, body stacking, standing on the lens, foot in mouth, etc).
3. Photos which employ partial/multiple exposures.
4. Spirit photography (made on purpose).
5. Caricature photographs.
6. Comical portraits (made with a cutout or background).
7. Photos that employ duplicators/triplicators, mirrors, or similar type devices.
8. Vintage composite photography.
9. "Exaggerated" photographs (exaggerated real photo post cards "RPPCs" for example).
10. "Freak pictures by successive exposure"

I'll add more as I think of them. If you have any ideas, send them my way. You can always refer to the book (see the first discussion thread for a link to a free online version of the book) to learn more about the different categories of photographic amusements.

The list goes on... but you get the idea, right?

In most cases, if you are posting to this group and are a member, then you already know what a photographic amusement / trick photograph is or looks like. If not, you can browse the pool to get an idea of what should be included.

Here are the few simple rules for the group:

1. Must be a vintage photograph that you have the rights to post (you have or had physical possession of at one time). Please do not post images from the web or scans from books. Most importantly, do not post images that are not your own.

2. Tell us a little about your post, like where it came from, date, and photographer if known. If you happen to know the specific details about how the photo was made, please share your insights. If it isn't obvious, please tell us what the "trick" or "novel effect" is.

3. Postings that do not reasonably relate to vintage photographic amusements or vintage trick photography will be removed with no warning. (Admins/Mods determine reasonableness)

4. Please add the tag "photographic amusements" to your images in the pool.

That's it for now; check back often to see if anything changes as the group evolves.
Start digging through your collection, start posting and enjoy. Thanks.

Group Rules

Here are the few simple rules for the group:

1. Must be a vintage photograph that you have the rights to post (you have or had physical possession of at one time). Please do not post images from the web or scans from books. Most importantly, do not post images that are not your own.

2. Tell us a little about your post, like where it came from, date, and photographer if known. If you happen to know the specific details about how the photo was made, please share your insights. If it isn't obvious, please tell us what the "trick" or "novel effect" is.

3. Postings that do not reasonably relate to vintage photographic amusements or vintage trick photography will be removed with no warning. (Admins/Mods determine reasonableness)

4. Please add the tag "photographic amusements" to your images in the pool.

Additional Info

  • Accepted content types: Photos, Images
  • Accepted safety levels: Safe, Moderate
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