From the Publisher
Cheryl Ann Lajos, Library Journal Accompanying an eponymous traveling exhibition and featuring more than 150 full-scale color plates from the show as well as nearly 2000 additional black-and-white reproductions, this beautifully and copiously illustrated book is a noteworthy publication on one of the most celebrated photography studios in the United States. Southworth & Hawes was the result of a partnership between pharmacist-turned-entrepreneur Albert Sands Southworth (1811-94) and itinerant portrait painter Josiah Johnson Hawes (1808-1901) that represented political activists, abolitionists, artists, writers, and other prominent Bostonians. In this comprehensive resource for general readers and researchers, editors Romer (director, photography conservation, George Eastman House) and Wallis (director of exhibitions and chief curator, International Center of Photography), as well as other distinguished contributors, address the historical and cultural significance of the studio. Also included are Southworth & Hawess portraits, techniques, display collections, account books, and family genealogy; a chronology; sitters biographies; an explanation of the Daguerrotype process; an exhibition checklist; and an annotated bibliography. This significant publication constitutes a worthy addition to large, public, special, and academic research libraries. Highly recommended. October 2005.