An Original Photo Booth Portrait of my Great, Great Grandfather in New York City
“A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.” -Edward Steichen
This photograph was given to me by my mother. She found it at her mother’s home in West Virginia on a recent visit.
The only thing I know about the man in this photograph is that he is my great great grandfather, his last name was Colvin and the photo was taken in New York City sometime around 1905.
I did some digging and discovered the picture was made at a place that was basically a photo booth. It was called ‘Automatic Photograph Machine Co.,’ and it was at the corner of Pearl and New Chambers streets.
Anyone could walk in and pay 5 cents and have their picture made.
I just love his look and the way he imbues a sense of confidence. And come on, that belt!
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