My post this week begins on the Potomac River ( forty-two years ago) with three young ladies, in a canoe in April during a spring river clean-up. Their Girl Scout Troop was brought in to pick up the massive amounts of trash- and it's the best I could find to match
minus the men
and yes! Kat's
still on board carrying out our Sepia Saturday sailings until
From all the many photos of him always on the arm of a different woman, he must have been quite the ladies man.
Known as Dean of idealistic impressionism on the west coast.
Arnold Genthe and another unknown woman friend, inside his studio in San Francisco.
He had many women friends, but he never married.
Genthe's Two Children
in Holiday Dress
and included in his Old Chinatown book.
Kat while graciously holding down the fort at
brought the ingenious word photo bomb to life just last week
and I'm thinking the blurry man that is looking (rather scornful)
wasn't what Arnold had intended on in his photo of these
two adorable children.
These children appear often in his photo-book.
I believe this is my most favorite Arnold Genthe photo.
I'm guessing, this man had no idea his picture was being taken.
The imagery is remarkable from the shadows falling perfectly to the expression on this one lonely man stopped along a busy street in Chinatown. I've been to Chinatown in San Francisco and it's always been busy.
Also taken inside his San Francisco studio- this photo also appears in his book
a book of pictures by Arnold
text by Will Irwin
New York: M. Kennedy 1913
The fish dealer's daughter
San Francisco, California
Was it his fondness for the water, or the people he met?
Arnold captured many beach scenes.
These photos were simply marked
Travels to Europe.
Do you see the photographer set up in the water that Arnold caught?
I can bet one or both of the ladies to the left of this picture may have ended up in front of his camera as well.
They seem to be focused on him.
Genthe took pictures of a lot of famous people and many from Hollywood. He was one of the few photographers that Greta Garbo allowed to take her picture and he took quite a few (all are right protected and I can't post) but-
if Hollywood wanted to make a movie about their once go-to-photographer -
I know the actor that could quite possibly pass as (or is) a distant relative.
What do you think? He'll need very little time in make-up!
"I was determined to show people a new kind of photography: there would be no stilted poses; as a matter of fact, no poses at all. I would try to take my sitters unawares, at a moment when they would not realize that the camera was ready. I would show them prints in which a uniform sharpness would be avoided and emphasis laid on portraying a person's character instead of making a commonplace record of clothes and a photographic mask."
He succeed on all counts.
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