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Photo credit: Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University

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Title: Blowing bubbles
Date: ca. 1900
Medium: Cyanotype
Dimensions: Image: 9 5/8 × 7 1/2 in. (24.4 × 19.1 cm) Mat: 20 × 16 in. (50.8 × 40.6 cm)
Credit Line: Acquired through the generosity of Kenneth Iscol, Class of 1960, and Jill Iscol
Object Number: 2010.049
Label Text: White practiced photography in his hometown of Newark, Ohio, before moving to New York in 1906, where he became a close friend of Alfred Stieglitz and a founding member of the Photo-Secession group. Although he made many cyanotypes using pre-sensitized manufactured paper, he never showed them publicly, suggesting they were important to his working method rather than finished images. Indeed, White’s son said his father “used cyanotypes to make reference prints.” These working proofs show his exploration of a variety of subject matter, including this charming scene of a girl blowing bubbles while her brother looks on. (“Highlights from the Collection: 45 Years at the Johnson," curated by Stephanie Wiles and presented at the Johnson Museum January 27–July 22, 2018)

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