Itinerant photographer in Columbus, Ohio (LOC)

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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

  1. Cassies grandma 60 months ago | reply

    What a nice looking man. I hope he earned enough to live on.

  2. Steven Beard LRPS 60 months ago | reply

    History in the making

  3. bsaundersseattle 60 months ago | reply

    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.

  4. turbine blade 60 months ago | reply

    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.

  5. boxcustom 60 months ago | reply

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

  6. Carlin Felder 60 months ago | reply

    Ben Shahn was a great American painter.. I forgot he also did photography....

  7. ~ Liberty Images 60 months ago | reply

    Delightful photograph. And the gentleman in the picture looks so very kind!

  8. Crabbles 60 months ago | reply

    excellent portrait!

  9. Tsirkus Fotografika 59 months ago | reply

    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.

  10. spickardpowell 57 months ago | reply

    I love the direct eye contact between two photographers.
    It's so cool to see mutual equality and acknowledgment between them way back then.

  11. The Third-Eye (very limited INTERNET ACCESS) 51 months ago | reply

    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!

  12. Heart of Áfrika Designs 47 months ago | reply

    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!

  13. canonhandler 34 months ago | reply

    In 1930s....for AAs...I just wonder whether that restaurant allowed colored or not....

  14. G Luff 28 months ago | reply

    great shot

  15. ayaa2009 17 months ago | reply

    this is so wierd, where did you get all those pictures?

  16. michelle.dennis 11 months ago | reply

    Interesting image about the history of COlumbus and photography

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