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Southworth and Hawes were two important figures in early portraiture. This selection of their work is indicative to much of the early portrait work at this time, with minimal background, similar lighting and staging, and the indirect gaze of the subject.

The owned a firm in Boston and worked in the daguerreotype process, as you can see with each of the above images. Later on, I will show some of their more experimental work - but I wanted to share these particular portraits first. 

Rufus Choate
Photography Studio: Southworth and Hawes (American, active 1843–1863)
Artist: Albert Sands Southworth (American, West Fairlee, Vermont 1811–1894 Charlestown, Massachusetts)
Artist: Josiah Johnson Hawes (American, Wayland, Massachusetts 1808–1901 Crawford Notch, New Hampshire)
Date: ca. 1850
Medium: Daguerreotype

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Southworth & Hawes, Unidentified Woman, ca. 1852

(Source: the wonderful Flickr of George Eastman House)

“The photograph is literally an emanation of the referent. From a real body, which was there, proceed radiations which ultimately touch me, who am here; the duration of the transmission is insignificant; the photograph of the missing being, as Sontag says, will touch me like the delayed rays of a star.” 

Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida: Reflections of Photography

Lola Montez
Photography Studio: Southworth and Hawes (American, active 1843–1863)
Artist: Albert Sands Southworth (American, West Fairlee, Vermont 1811–1894 Charlestown, Massachusetts)
Artist: Josiah Johnson Hawes (American, Wayland, Massachusetts 1808–1901 Crawford Notch, New Hampshire)
Date: ca. 1850
Medium: Daguerreotype

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