07 April 2010

Mole, Thomas, Goldbeck, and More...

I began my Google image search with the intention of finding some images of old photographs of artists in their studios, and then this image popped up in my search results... it looks like an old silver gelatin print of some army insignia...and then you look at the full-size image and it is hundreds of soldiers standing in formation!! AH-MAZING!!!

These are called "living photographs," and are described as an attempt to recover national identity through imaging.

You've just got to see them for yourself. WOW.
(This one is my favorite. I need a print of this!)
Photographer Unknown, Grenzhausen, Germany "1st Field Artillery Brigade, 1st Division" 1919
Vintage Silver Gelatin Print

Newman Photo "Animated Crest 34th Division" Camp Cody, New Mexico, 1918
Vintage Silver Gelatin Print

Arthur S. Mole and John D. Thomas,
"The Human U.S. Shield" 1918
Vintage Silver Gelatin Photo Print

All images and information came from this site (it didn't have a name!).


  1. Like them a lot. Saw the Goldbeck show in Arles, France in the beginning of the nineties. Goldbeck is still one of my favorites. Unintentionally super great art, performance, photography. What a way to say something about identity and unity.
    yours truly, the heliogram

  2. It's great to hear from you and see what you've sent up to. All of the projects look great! You make it so simple to this.Thanks!