There were many interesting exhibits at the National Convention at St. Paul, but one of the most remarkable was that of three portrait negatives, two and one-half by five feet, made direct from the subjects. These enormous negatives with transparencies and contact prints from same were exhibited by W. S. Lively, president of the Southern School of Photography of McMinnville, Tenn. The negatives were made by Mr. Lively and his son Joseph and the work required the making of a camera of enormous proportions for this special purpose.

Large direct negatives have been made before, but these were, without doubt, the three largest portrait negatives ever shown at a National Convention, being, by actual measurement, one fourth larger than the subjects themselves. The plates used were Seed 26x, the emulsion being coated on plate glass for this special purpose.

"Daddy" Lively conceived the idea of making this unusual exhibit while attending the National Convention in Milwaukee, and when he reached home set about formulating the plans for the camera and materials that were to be used in the undertaking. He and his son Joseph worked and planned until the last obstacle was overcome, and it is needless to state that there were enough to discourage the average workman. The camera was made almost as large as an ordinary room, being ten feet from front to back, six and one-half feet high and five and one-half feet wide. Being too large for a stand of any kind, it sits on the operating room floor and instead of moving the camera, the subject is placed on a movable platform and moved to or from the camera to secure proper size and spacing. As it was not practical to make a camera of the bellows type, the box shape was adopted, but unlike any other box camera, this one was fitted with back and side swings which were worked from the inside of camera.

From An Etching Sepia Platinum Print By Elias Goldensky Philadelphia, Pa.

From An Etching Sepia Platinum Print By Elias Goldensky Philadelphia, Pa.

From An Etching Black Platinum Print By Elias Goldensky Philadelphia, Pa.

From An Etching Black Platinum Print By Elias Goldensky Philadelphia, Pa.

No ground glass was necessary, but instead, a thin board the thickness of the plate and covered with a dull white paper was found to be more practical. When the proper focus was obtained, the board was removed and the plate was set in its place ready for exposure.

Seed plates were selected for this work because of their uniform quality and dependability. Each one of the big fellows weighed fifty pounds and it required two men to place them in the holder and return them to the original boxes, the work being done inside the camera. The exposure by daylight was shortened by the addition of flash light. The developing of these large plates was no small task, each one requiring eleven gallons of developer. Not a flaw was found on the plates, the coating being so perfect and the manipulation so accurate. The five foot carbon prints were also remarkable for their quality and much credit is due Mr. Lively and his son for the successful accomplishment of so great a task. As will be seen by the illustration, the negatives have wonderful quality. The lighting is soft and round, the draperies full of delicate detail in shadow and the scale of gradation is perfect. We regret that we have not space to publish the entire set of illustrations from these wonderful negatives.

Larger Than Life StudioLightMagazine1911 157From An Etching Sepia Platinum Print By Elias Goldensky Philadelphia, Pa.

From An Etching Sepia Platinum Print By Elias Goldensky Philadelphia, Pa.

Larger Than Life StudioLightMagazine1911 160From An Etching Black Platinum Print By Elias Goldensky Philadelphia, Pa.

From An Etching Black Platinum Print By Elias Goldensky Philadelphia, Pa.

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We Like to make portraits of men, and many men prefer us, as we seem to possess that faculty which enables us to fully bring out character and individuality.

September. Bulletin: The Eastman School Of Professional Photography For 1911

Columbus, O. ....... ... . Sept. 5, 6, 7

Indianapolis, Ind..........Sept. 12, 13, 14

Grand Rapids, Mich.........Sept. 19, 20, 21

Milwaukee, Wis...........Sept. 26, 27, 28

Des Moines, la............Oct. 3, 4, 5

Louisville, Ky........... Oct. 10, 11, 12

Nashville, Tenn........... Oct. 17, 18, 19

New Orleans, La..........Oct. 24, 25, 26

Atlanta, Ga........... Oct. 31, Nov. 1, 2

Artura Paper   Seed Plate. Duhrkoop Demonstration St. Paul Convention.

Artura Paper - Seed Plate. Duhrkoop Demonstration St. Paul Convention.