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This is very interesting. The photo is surprisingly bright & colorful to me. I would’ve thought that the photos would depict a more dreary, black & white and/or grey background, maybe because slavery is a horrible thing in my mind. Very interesting either way.
Thanks for sharing.
Daguerreotype is a very interesting photographic process. One of my absolute favorites! I would think the color is of the plate or was painted on afterwards.
Good to know. Learning something new every day.
" The daguerreotype records their faces, but not their names" this subtitle implies that daguerrotypes commonly had the individuals identified. in my experience as a collector of 19th c. CDVs and cabinet cards it is very rare to find a person’s name on the photo, front or back. Not even the slave owner is identified on the dag. His identification is base upon other information
they were colorized later on
@podaalho I spoke with the author of this piece and yes they were more than likely colored at a later time. If you would like to know more here is the listing for the picture, which includes some more images and details. Thanks for the interest!!!
Thank you so much for sharing that!
I agree re the color. Many early images (daguerrotypes, lantern slides, and prints) were treated in this way. Also, the baskets aren’t wicker - they are likely woven from split oak. Judging from actual ones I’ve seen, they’re extremely sturdy.
I also wish that the faces were more visible. Were it not for the descriptions, I would’ve thought that the slave owner was actually one of the slaves.
To me, the man on the left looks like he is holding a plow of that era rather then leaning on a cane.
The one of Abe Lincoln and Ulysses Grant are not in color, to my knowledge. Wonder why?