Photographer in the Picture

Geronimo -- detail showing photographer reflected in his eye (LOC)

A Kodak creates a sensation (LOC)

[Two photographers taking each others' picture with hand-held cameras while perched on a roof] (LOC)

John Howell, an Indianapolis newsboy, makes $.75 some days. Begins at 6 a.m., Sundays. (Lives at 215 W. Michigan St.)  (LOC)   [Frances Benjamin Johnston, three-quarter length portrait, holding and looking down at camera, facing slightly left] (LOC)

[Portrait of Billie Holiday, Downbeat(?), New York, N.Y., ca. June 1946] (LOC)

The Library of Congress has curated a new set named ‘Photographer in the Picture‘ inspired by insights provided by the Flickr community.

In their own words:

“Flickr members inspired this set!
You spotted a photographer caught in the headlights of George Grantham Bain’s Stutz, and another changing a glass negative way in the background of a news photo–insight on the rigors of photography in the pre-digital era.”

Photographers are seen in the shadows, in reflections or clearly in plain view and all the images give us an intriguing glimpse of the person behind the photograph. Amongst the photos featured in the set is the reflection of a photographer in Geronimo’s eye (yes, really!). We hope you enjoy the set as much as we do.

Photos from The Library of Congress.