Anonymous, American Christmas Greeting (Trick Photograph) From a Photographer
Medium Gelatin Silver Print
Photo Date 1910ca.
Dimensions 8.5 x 6.5 in. (216 x 165 mm)
Photo Country United States (USA)
Photographer Country United States (USA)
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About This Image
Handwritten across this image, which depicts a photographer at tripod and camera about to take a picture of a sheer rock face (ostensibly out West) being dynamited: "Well I'll Be Blasted If It Aint [sic] Xmas./ Merry Xmas. Alice / And Merry Xmas to Ma and Surmie / And a Happy New Year to All / Walt." Humorous, indeed. The words are written with particular clarity and sensitivity for the visual scene--creating an interesting fusion of text and picture. The image itself seems to have been manipulated--its creator fusing at least two images to create a seemingly cohesive whole.
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