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    Down South 1900 Pictorial by Rudolf Eickemeyer, Jr. Eickemeyer was a famous American photographer, a leader in the Pictorialist Movement that dominated American photography around 1900. He had started taking pictures in 1884 while working for his father's engineering firm. He joined the Yonkers, New York camera club in 1889 and was an active author of articles on various areas of the art. Turning professional in 1896, he did commercial work to support his love of art photography. In 1930, shortly before his death, Eickemeyer gave the Smithsonian Institution an endowment to improve their Photography Section as well as his collection of photographs and equipment. This book, with a preface by Joel Chandler Harris, is a moving photo documentary of the daily life, post-slavery, of blacks still on Southern plantations using soft-focus and careful composition to produce the artistic and touching images contained in it. Photo titles include: Returning From the Fields; Pounding Rice; The Thanksgiving Turkey; Wash Day on the Plantation; and Stripping the Cane. Published in New York by R. H. Russell; first edition; cloth-backed paper over boards with a photo mounted on the front; folio in size; some wear staining to cover, edges a bit worn with rounded corners and minor corner chipping to a few pages but still a fine, complete copy of this important book. Excellent addition to your library whether your collecting interest is photography or Black Americana.

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