Palace of Horticulture, Pan American Exposition

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    Accession Number: 1977:0072:0008

    Maker: Unidentified

    Title: Palace of Horticulture, Pan American Exposition

    Date: 1915

    Medium: color screen plate (Autochrome)

    Dimensions: Image: 16.8 x 24.5 cm Overall: 17.7 x 25.5 cm

    George Eastman House Collection

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    1. richard sullivan 98 months ago | reply

      I am puzzled why the George Eastman House and other museums exhibit their Autochromes in their present diminished condition: few museums would ever allow their treasured oil paintings to deteriorate in a similar way.

      I believe that museums with historic photographs should make restoration copies —especially before any further deterioration can take place— and exhibit them alongside the originals.

      These photographers to whom we are indebted certainly expected the same results when their photos were returned from the processor as we do today: bright, true colors, proper exposure and latitude, and an undamaged image. We must assume that this is what they did obtain, so resigning these plates to simply accept 100 years of deterioration is unfair to the photographers' original vision and results.

    2. Jessica, Assistant Curator 98 months ago | reply

      Thanks for your comment.

      When we make scans and reproductions of photographs in the collection it is our policy to try and duplicate the object as it is now. While we have some idea of how a photograph may have looked when it was first made, we cannot be sure, and feel it is more important to represent the collection in its current condition.

      Your idea, to make a copy of the autochrome, color correct it in Photoshop and then display it next to the original, is a good one. However, if we were to embark on such a project we would need to know what an autochrome looked like when it was first made. Unfortunately one of the dyes used in the process came from a fish that is now extinct. While other dyes might be usable we will never be able to recreate it exactly as it was.

    3. richard sullivan 97 months ago | reply

      Jessica, Thank you for your thoughtful response.

      Could you share with us what type of scanner or method that the George Eastman House uses to scan/reproduce your Autochromes?

      I for one have few choices locally and would appreciate your input.

    4. Pete Wilson Photos 96 months ago | reply

      Jessica, This photo is actually the Palace of Horticulture, Panama-Pacific International Exposition held in San Francisco, California in 1915. Not the Pan American Exposition held in Buffalo, New York (1901).
      If you have photos of the Pan American Expo, please post some. I don't think I've ever seen any from the George Eastman collection.
      Keep up the good work, the photos you've posted so far, like the WW1 and Autochrome photos, have been great. Thanks.

    5. RyanDonahue 96 months ago | reply

      Thanks Pete! I'll forward your notes to our archivists.. do you happen to have any other photo documentation of the Palace of Horticulture? (Those archivists love it when I can hand them evidence to back my wild claims of incorrectitude ;)

    6. Pete Wilson Photos 96 months ago | reply

      Ryan, Hi, Here are a couple of links to web pages for information on the Panama-Pacific Expo and the Palace of Horticulture. Hope this helps.

    7. kinopablo 95 months ago | reply

      this picture is fantastic, it has blown my mind. For me it's some kind of retro futuristic lost paradise. It looks like the way that the industrial civilisation didn't took.
      thank for sharing it

    8. Justin__Case 95 months ago | reply

      1900-1930 was awesome...

    9. Pete Wilson Photos 94 months ago | reply

      Ryan, Hi. This is a link to a photo of the Horticulture building at the 1901 Pan American Exposition in Buffalo. Let me know if you need more info. You guys are doing a great job at the GEH.

    10. Pete Wilson Photos 93 months ago | reply

      For your consideration. I found one more link for you to check out. This is a black and white photo, from a slightly different angle as the autochrome above. Same glass dome, same pillars, same building in the background. San Francisco, Ca. 1915. Panama Pacific International Exposition.

    11. athiril 82 months ago | reply

      Jessica: And Im sure it looks different when looking at the original backlit than it does on a monitor like this :)

      I would simply set the levels for a correct "digital density".

    12. Land Scape Goat Pigtures 79 months ago | reply

      Can I inquire : Is this a real place?

    13. isaac_acosta4 71 months ago | reply

      I am confused where is this building today? does it still exist? I cannot find any information on this building beside the fact that it was present during the 1915 world fair.

    14. isaac_acosta4 71 months ago | reply

      I found answers. apparently all the buildings were destroyed a year after the fair. sucks.

    15. cuisle west ... away awhile 62 months ago | reply

      Thoroughly enjoy my leisurely wade through your stream! As a collector I completely agree with you showing your images as they appear today. I always keep the original digital copy as it was scanned, in my mac library, regardless of its condition (and, of course, the original images archived and perserved as well) ... but, so love to do restoration on them that I almost always share them thus on Flickr, while ocassionally showing both restored, and not side by side to compare the differences. Firstly, a love for the image itself is almost always what drives my collecting instinct and secondly its condition, era, clothing, etc. ... but this only after spinning my wheels on anything and everything early on, until quality and condition were a necessary choice. Thanks for sharing this wonderful collection.

      And, as far as I'm concerned, there's nothing quite like the delicate, soft, endearing beauty of early autochromes ... and rarely were they ever sharp and crystal clear with bright colours ... and rarely, as well, were they ever processed by other than the photograher him/herself. Back then the title 'photographer ' meant, more often than not, that you were the innovator, the artist, the chemist and the manipulator all rolled into one.

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