History of Photography

Introduction History of Photography (Encyclopaedia Britannica)

A World History of Photography (by Naomi Rosenblum)

The Story Behind the Pictures 1827-1991 (by Hans-Michael Koetzle)

Photographers' Dictionary
(based on "20th Century Photography - Museum Ludwig Cologne")



Photographers' Dictionary

(based on "20th Century Photography-Museum Ludwig Cologne")




James Abbe

James Abbe (1883-1975) was an American photographer.
Abbe became known for taking many photographs of theater and movie performers starting in 1917. In the late 1920s he gained a reputation in news photography. He was also known for his fashion photography, including celebrated work for American Vogue. His son, James Abbe, also was a photographer who worked for Harper's Bazaar.


Rudolph Valentino and Natacha Rambova, New York, 1925


The Dolly Sisters, 1927


Gloria Swanson 1921


Joseph Stalin in the Kremlin, Moscow, 1932


The Kid, Hollywood, 1920




Dolly Sisters, Rosika & Yansci


Fay Bainter


John Barrymore


Lillian & Dorothy Gish


Richard Barthelmess


Jeanne Eagels in 'Daddies'


Lionel Barrymore in 'The Claw'


Gilda Gray in "Aloma of the South Seas


Lillian Gish in "The White Sister" [Jay Parrino Collection],


Natacha Rambova


Lillian Gish wahrend der Filmaufnahmen zu: The white sister


Wesley Barry, Young Boy Actor In Silent Films
 Circa 1920's.   


Holbrook Blinn in "The Bad Man."   


Billie Burke
Circa 1921


Claude Cooper 


Jane Cowl 


Alden Gay


Mary Nash in "Captain Applejack."  


Otis Skinner  in "The Honor of the Family." 
Circa 1921


Gloria Swanson.  
Circa 1922


Gloria Swanson. 


Unidentified Beautiful Young Actress  Possibly Mary Hay
 Circa 1920's.   


Rudolph Valentino And His Wife Natasha Rambova 
Dancing The Tango.


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