2005.27.291 | Photography

Photography - American


Charles D. Fredricks , American , 1823-1894
Fredricks' Photographic Temple of Art, Broadway, New York, 1857

Salt print
Image: 16 1/8 x 13 1/2 inches (40.97 x 34.29 cm)

Gift of Hallmark Cards, Inc.

Gallery Location: Not on view

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Gallery Label
Charles D. Fredricks American, 1823-1894 Fredricks' Photographic Temple of Art, Broadway, New York, 1857 Salt print from wet-collodion negative

In 1853, Fredricks established a business in New York City with Jeremiah Gurney. By 1857, he had opened his own gallery at 585 Broadway. This view confirms the prominence and ambition of Fredricks' business. The words "Photographic Temple of Art," formed of hundreds of lamps, covered a semi-circular arch 60 feet across. The fa├žade is adorned with three large symbolic motifs: an eagle, a camera and the sun. These details speak to the popularity of photography and its larger cultural meanings: as both a force of nature and a symbol of technological progress. Fredricks can be seen in the arched window, while several of his employees look out other windows. This is the only known print of this important image.

Gift of Hallmark Cards, Inc., 2005.27.291

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