Crow's Nest Restaurant

Sophie Lauffer, Artist

This is one of the photographs in our collection. It was made in Brooklyn, New York, New York State in 1921.
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About the Work
Picturing New York with a camera after dark is perhaps one of the most interesting phases of pictorial photography. After spending several evenings prowling about for subjects that will lend themselves for night pictures you start out one evening to transfer these mental images to the plate. A little patience, endurance, and a great deal of enthusiasm will do wonders. It is not the easiest thing in the world to start out with an 8×10 view camera, a good substantial tripod, and several plate-holders. A strong tripod is absolutely necessary on account of winds, jars, vibrations, etc. To avoid halation use portrait film, take the view where there are no glaring lights, and develop with Azol. Judge your time according to the amount of light (two to ten minutes). Capping the lens each time a lighted moving vehicle comes along helps the picture. For night pictures probably the best medium is gum palladium, because it lends itself to the mellow evening lights.
- Sophie L. Lauffer. The Project Gutenberg EBook of Pictorial Photography in America 1921 by Pictorial Photographers of America; 2009; pp.13 & 46
Image and support 235 x 191mm
Secondary support 330 x 255mm
Mat board 510 x 407mm
gum palladium print on paper
View of the facade of a building. A sign on the front wall reads: CROWS NEST RESTAURANT. The scene has been shot at night. Location is 86 Greene Ave, Brooklyn, New York, according to the photographer's inscription on the verso.
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Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Collected for the Gallery by Frank Denton, 1925.
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
Circa 1925



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