George Rockwood photographs and letters
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George Rockwood (1832 1911) was one of the major photographers in NYC from the mid-19th Century until his death. He claimed to have introduced the Carte de Visite to the United States (from France.) Late in his life M. L. (Louise) Greene, a young photographer from Morristown New Jersey, with a studio in Summit, contacted him. Her mother or mother-in-law had been a photographer. She had children from an earlier marriage, and Rockwood was in a troubled marriage himself.
This archive consists of 18 letters from Rockwood to her, and a large collection of photographs.
In 1898 he addresses her as Mrs. Greene and admires her work. By 1910 he is addressing her as My Dear Louise and my little girl and signs off Yours affectionately and eternally yours. The correpondence gives details of their meetings and their photographic work. Shortly before his death she accepted a position as his manager or studio aid. She continued to work as a studio photographer, specializing in babies, and may have re-married.
The archive includes 100 or so photographs, that have been organized into a large album. There is a wonderful portrait of Louise with a cat on her camera. There are other portraits of Louise by Rockwood, and of Rockwood by her. There are numerous charming photographs of babies and children, some from Louises family.
This is an important and interesting archive, dealing with the life a major photographer, and of a woman photographer, as well as a wonderful collection of photographs.
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