Sunday, August 12, 2012
Discovering a Photographer from the Past
For as long as I can remember, I've had an unquenchable desire to learn new things. In the last few years, the Internet has been a great source of information for my discoveries.
My mother gave me the wedding photo of my maternal grandmother's brother and sister-in-law. In a post I wrote, For the Love of Grandparents, I mentioned the close family relationship. The woman, in the photo, is also my maternal grandfather's sister.
Besides the obvious, when examining the old photo, there is a very interesting embossed name at the bottom.
My curiosity sent me to a google search of his name. Much to my surprise, there is a book written about him and his photography, titled "Equal before the Lens".
As a blogger or follower, you know how important the photography is to telling a story. The title alone, of this book, intrigued me.
That is how I discovered an entire life I had never heard of before. John Paul Trlica was a first-generation Czech-Texan. The book tells of how Eastman Kodak Company was instrumental in the training of a young photographer like Trlica.
This photo is for you, my dear friend, Elaine @ Pear Tree Log. I know you and your family are preparing a celebration for the christening of your sweet granddaughter. Hopefully, Francesca will not be wearing a similar bonnet.
What was so extraordinaire about him and his photography, was his openness to photograph not only the privilege, but also to the working class. Here is a photo of two girlfriends.
You must remember, this was in the early 1900's where, ordinarily, the studios only welcomed the upper class.
If you are interested in photography, you might want to consider ordering this outstanding book written by Barbara McCandless. Amazon has used copies for about $12.00.
One never knows where a little detective work and searching will lead them. History is all around us, just waiting to be discovered.
My natural curiosity brought a life from the Blacklands of Texas to this post today....