Itinerant photographer in Columbus, Ohio (LOC)

Shahn, Ben, 1898-1969, photographer.


Itinerant photographer in Columbus, Ohio


1938 Aug.


1 negative : nitrate ; 35 mm.



Title and other information from caption card.

Transfer; United States. Office of War Information. Overseas Picture Division. Washington Division; 1944.



United States--Ohio--Columbus.


Format: Nitrate negatives.


Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.


Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, DC 20540 USA,


Part Of: Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Photograph Collection (Library of Congress)


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Call Number: LC-USF33- 006582-M2

  • Cassies grandma 6y

    What a nice looking man. I hope he earned enough to live on.
  • Steven Beard LRPS 6y

    History in the making
  • Barbara Saunders 6y

    This man is an exact contemporary of my grandfather, 1898-1971. I have photos I love of Grandpa wearing just these kinds of clothes and hats.
  • turbine blade 6y

    This photographer must have developed the photos in the back of the camera. I have seen something like this years ago. It was almost instant photography at the time. I would like to see the detaila of how this was done.
  • boxcustom 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called film shooter, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Carlin Felder 6y

    Ben Shahn was a great American painter.. I forgot he also did photography....
  • ~ Liberty Images 6y

    Delightful photograph. And the gentleman in the picture looks so very kind!
  • Crabbles 6y

    excellent portrait!
  • Tsirkus Fotografika 6y

    From what I know, they used a direct positive paper that was developed in a single bath developer/fixer and the images were then superficially rinsed in a bucket of water. All those street photos are probably laced with chemicals, but miraculously many have survived well. The images were often of poor contrast.

    Later photographers used print paper and then would first make a paper negative and then re-photograph using an easel attachment on the front of the camera to make a positive.

    There are still photographers in places like Afghanistan doing this, but their numbers are dwindling due to the proliferation of digital photography. The LA Times recently ran an article on them.
  • spickardpowell 6y

    I love the direct eye contact between two photographers.
    It's so cool to see mutual equality and acknowledgment between them way back then.
  • Mubeen Mughal (THIRDEYE105) 5y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called The Photographer Photographed (People who take Photographs), and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Kingkongphoto & 5y great !
  • Aaron Mobley 5y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Afrikan Portraits (Photographic, Fine Art, Tribal & Scenic), and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • trialsanderrors 4y

    Ben Shahn, sadly without camera:
  • Gene 4y

    In 1930s....for AAs...I just wonder whether that restaurant allowed colored or not....
  • G Luff 3y

    great shot
  • ayaa2009 2y

    this is so wierd, where did you get all those pictures?
  • Michelle Dennis 2y

    Interesting image about the history of COlumbus and photography
  • Hans Kerensky 9mo

    On behalf of Camera-Wiki :
    Thanks for publishing your image !

    It appears here in the non-commercial Camera-wiki :
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Taken sometime in 1938
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