Arne Svenson. Prisoners.
In this exhibition, Arne Svenson presents some two dozen portraits of turn-of-the-century prisoners, which the artist developed from found negatives. Each image (about one to two feet) is a diptych mug-shot (full face and profile), with the criminal’s name and crime etched into the emulsion and visible above the subject’s head. The crimes range from petty larceny to murder. Various ages, races and both sexes are included, although only one female convict, Charlotte Hayes, appears in the show.
This group of works was developed from old glass negatives that Svenson found rotting away in the musty warehouse of an antiques dealer in Petaluma, Ca. The artist acquired nearly 1,500 negatives and, with the help of his sister Kristina, cleaned and restored many of them. After intensive research in the libraries and courthouse archives of the Sacramento Valley area, Svenson discovered that the photos were taken to chronicle municipal felons during 1900-1908 by Clara Smith, a photographer under contract of the town of Marysville, Ca. Svenson also uncovered fairly extensive material describing the convicts’ crimes.
Vintage Photo Booth pictures c. 1930s-1960s
French poet Arthur Rimbaud
“The most intriguing duel fought between women, and the sole one that featured exposed breasts, took place in August 1892 in Verduz, the capitol of Liechtenstein, between Princess Pauline Metternich and the Countess Kielmannsegg. It has gone down in history as the first “emancipated duel” because all parties involved, including the principals and their seconds were female… Before the proceedings began, the baroness pointed out that many insignificant injuries in duels often became septic due to strips of clothing being driven into the wound by the point of a sword. To counter this danger she prudently suggested that both parties should fight stripped of any garments above the waist. Certainly, Baroness Lubinska was ahead of her time, taking an even more radical take on the (at the time) widely dismissed theories of British surgeon Joseph Lister, who in 1870 revolutionized surgical procedures with the introduction of antiseptic.
With the precautions Baroness Lubinska recommended, the topless women duelists were less likely to suffer from an infection; indeed, it was a smart idea to fight semiclad. Given the practicality of the baroness’ suggestion and the “emancipated” nature of the duel, it was agreed that the women would disrobe—after all, there would be no men present to ogle them. For the women, the decision to unbutton the tops of their dresses was not sexual; it was simply a way of preventing a duel of first blood from becoming a duel to the death.
It is humorous that most recounts of this historic event fail to mention two important things: the winner of the duel (Princess Metternich) and the reason why the women came to arms in the first place—they disagreed over the floral arrangements for an upcoming musical exhibition.”
The first rule of topless victorian ladies swordfighting club is that topless victorian ladies swordfighting club is not to be mentioned in mixed company.
The second rule is naught but an emphatic repeating of the first.
I’M TELLING YOU PINK IS HIDEOUS!
/WHIPS OUT SWORD.
TAKE OFF YOUR SHIRT. WE’RE SETTLING THIS WITH A DUEL.
Seriously some of the comments on this thread are epic.
ca. 1855, [hand tinted daguerreotype portrait of two well-dressed young men wearing hats and blushed cheeks], Edward M. Tyler & Co.
I was reading my great grandmother’s high school yearbook from 1931 and there’s a comment about each student and they are so fucking sassy with their comments
Edna Clarke Hall (née Waugh)