EVERY once in a while you meet someone at a photographic convention who looks over a good exhibit and remarks,"Yes that's beautiful work - to sell in New York or Boston or Chicago or San Francisco - good work for the big city, but it wouldn't sell in my town. Our people want the good old fashioned photographs - want lots of retouching - want sharper detail - want straight lightings."

But every once in a while someone doesn't know what will sell in his town. He thinks his customers think as he does but he doesn't know.

We had the pleasure of looking over the exhibits at the recent convention of the New York State Society of Professional Photographers and one especially pleasing exhibit caught our eye. Those pictures would have done credit to Fifth Avenue but that wasn't where they came from.

They bore the photographer's name; Peggy Stewart, and they were made and sold and appreciated by the people of Canan-daigua, N. Y., a town of a little more than seven thousand population.

Canandaigua is not a summer resort nor a suburb of New York City. It's a very nice little home town in western New York on a pleasant little lake and is in the farm and fruit country. We mention these things merely to strengthen our contention that good photographs will be appreciated anywhere that you find good homes and that's pretty much everywhere these days.

We don't know that Miss Stewart aspires to Fifth Avenue fame. We are rather inclined to believe that she is content with success in the niche she has carved for herself in her own community. She is appreciated there and appreciation is much the same in one place as in another.

By conscientious effort we can all of us teach appreciation, but we can not sit back and expect appreciation of the thing we have never done. If another and more progressive photographer does the teaching, that photographer will reap the benefit of his effort.

Miss Stewart is not a newcomer in the profession. She is an earnest worker and has gained recognition because of her constant striving for something better.

In her last year of High School she had occasion to take her sister to the photographer for a portrait. The photographer knew her - knew that she had always been able to draw but he did not know that it was her ambition to become an illustrator. So he asked her if she would not like to come and work in the studio.

Portrait Film Negative, Artura Print By Miss Peggy Stewart Canandaigua, N. Y.

Portrait Film Negative, Artura Print By Miss Peggy Stewart Canandaigua, N. Y.

That fall she decided to take a position in the studio and in a year she had bought it. She knew nothing about negative making but worked out her own problems from what she had learned of light and shade in her study of drawing.

The studio building was constructed in 1865 when space was cheap and it has one of the finest skylight rooms in western New York. Miss Stewart uses daylight for everything except spot light effects.

One of the most pleasing things about her work is the effect of atmosphere that makes her subjects stand out from their backgrounds. At the recent convention of the Ontario Society of Professional Photographers in Toronto, Miss Stewart demonstrated her method of producing this effect.

After the subject is properly lighted and without in any way degrading this lighting she uses a spot light to project a shaft of light between the subject and the background. In some cases the light also falls on the background but its purpose is to give the head relief and roundness and this is done by varying the distance of the background from the subject and the amount of light that intervenes.

When asked how she gets business Miss Stewart replied: "I never allow a customer to leave my studio with work that is not perfectly satisfactory - also, I take an interest in all public affairs and my city.

"I think perhaps I photograph more children than I do grown ups - more young girls and boys than men and women. I give a great deal of attention to boys and girls in their teens because that is an age when they are shy - and yet it is the most beautiful time because they are just buds waiting to bloom.

"Nearly all of my work is by appointment. I prefer it that way because I have a chance to think about my subjects before they come for sittings and I have some idea of what I want to make of them so that I can work fast. I do not believe in letting your subject lose interest in you or your work. And above all I try never to seem to be in a hurry when I am working, for I believe that you can not control others until you can control yourself.

"I am a great believer in conventions and since my first one, in 1914, I have always planned to get one idea that I could take home to use and make pay for my trip. I love films and all my work is on films. I certainly know that I have made better things since I have used them."

Miss Stewart's photographs of children are especially pleasing and show that she not only has a good technical knowledge of photography but a thorough understanding of how to handle children.

Portrait Film Negative, Artura Print By Miss Peggy Stewart Canandaigua, N  Y.

Portrait Film Negative, Artura Print By Miss Peggy Stewart Canandaigua, N- Y.