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diversey
2-Feb-2016, 12:50
I saw this portrait many time and always think it is a fine portrait, but I do not know anything behind this portrait. Today, I read a book of " professional portrait lightings" (3rd print 1948) and found the answers. This portrait was made by David B. Edmonton when Truman was Vice President. This portrait was shot with a 8x10 home portrait camera with a Cooke portrait lens, 1/4s at f4.5 using Defender XF panchromatic film; tank-developed in A.B.C Pyro for 8min, contact printed on 8x10 professional Azo F.

Michael Clark
2-Feb-2016, 14:44
Looks like Edmonton kept good records, and using the lens wide open nearly, at 1/4 sec must have used low powered lights with a slow speed film and pyro developer,and Azo paper, it is a style popular to day.

Tim Meisburger
2-Feb-2016, 18:24
My grandfather was a good buddy of Truman's, having been his first sergeant in the great war. Here is a picture of them at a reunion:
https://www.trumanlibrary.org/photographs/view.php?id=4950

And here is one of my grandfather (Papa) done by Life magazine, on the way to Truman's inauguration: http://images.google.com/hosted/life/3f8207845f3f5883.html

I almost met Truman once. We were visiting Papa in Kansas City, and we drove out to Independence, and my older brother and sisters went in to visit with Truman but they made me wait in the car cause I was too wild, and they worried I would disturb the old man.

mdarnton
2-Feb-2016, 19:09
Interesting how much the Korona Home Portrait camera looks like our Ansco views, without the front tilt or internal extension rack on the back. Otherwise, verrrrry similar. Stolen ideas, I guess.
http://piercevaubel.com/cam/gundlach/home.htm

diversey
3-Feb-2016, 12:49
It seems that fine photography/portrait technology has not changed very much in past 60-70 years.


Looks like Edmonton kept good records, and using the lens wide open nearly, at 1/4 sec must have used low powered lights with a slow speed film and pyro developer,and Azo paper, it is a style popular to day.

diversey
3-Feb-2016, 12:51
Glad to know. Will pay more attention to your grandfather's photos when visiting truman library next time.


My grandfather was a good buddy of Truman's, having been his first sergeant in the great war. Here is a picture of them at a reunion:
https://www.trumanlibrary.org/photographs/view.php?id=4950

And here is one of my grandfather (Papa) done by Life magazine, on the way to Truman's inauguration: http://images.google.com/hosted/life/3f8207845f3f5883.html

I almost met Truman once. We were visiting Papa in Kansas City, and we drove out to Independence, and my older brother and sisters went in to visit with Truman but they made me wait in the car cause I was too wild, and they worried I would disturb the old man.

diversey
3-Feb-2016, 12:53
Who has stolen whose ideas?:)


Interesting how much the Korona Home Portrait camera looks like our Ansco views, without the front tilt or internal extension rack on the back. Otherwise, verrrrry similar. Stolen ideas, I guess.
http://piercevaubel.com/cam/gundlach/home.htm

bgh
10-Feb-2016, 06:15
This is terrific, and very timely! I've been writing extensively about Truman and Independence, just these past few days. A nice portrait, thanks for sharing it.

Bruce