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Arthur Radclyffe Dugmore Photo of Baby Birds

Arthur Radclyffe Dugmore "A Study in Natural History" 1903

I thought I’d share this photo of four baby birds by Arthur Radclyffe Dugmore. I came across it in Camera Work – The Complete Photographs. Camera Work was a photographic journal published by Alfred Stieglitz between 1903 and 1917. The image in the book is better quality. I had to scan this, so it has a dark streak down the left side where it is attached to the gutter. There is extreme grain in this scan that is not in the book image.

I couldn’t find much information about Dugmore (1870-1955). He was one of the first wildlife photographers. Born in Ireland, he moved to New York and became a photographer and painter. He accomplished a high level of expertise to be included in Camera Work, as Stieglitz was quite the perfectionist when choosing work for his publication.

I think the reason I am attracted to this image is because of the curious lighting. It appears as if it is a studio set up with backlighting as well as light from the bottom. The background could be sky or a fabric backdrop. You would not expect this type of lighting with wild birds. Did these wild baby birds cooperate while lighting was placed in their outdoor setting? Or were they captured, photographed, and released? Guess we will never know.


About Gina Genis

Hi Friends, I'm a photographer and artist who lives in Washington DC. I have two blogs. The Gina Genis Blog is about art and photography. My new blog, DC Discoveries is dedicated to showing you everything from fashion to art, food to entertainment in all sections of the District. I hope you will take the journey with me. I exhibit my work in museums and galleries across the U.S. I'm included in the permanent collections of the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, the Otto G. Richter Library Special Collections Division of the University of Miami, Hard Rock Casino, Orange County Transit District, IBM, and the Sarah and Adam Markman Collection among others. My series "Window Peeping" was included in OsCene 2010 at the Laguna Art Museum, Truman State University, Fellows of Contemporary Art, Biola University, and solo shows at Gallery 825 and Cypress College. The "June Gloom" series was exhibited in a solo show at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The "Kala" series has been exhibited at MPLS Photo Center, Cypress College, and Gallery 825. "Economy Portraits" was created as an Artist In Residence project at the Huntington Beach Art Center, and was awarded "Best Art Show of 2011" by the OC Weekly. I curated Wide Angle View, an exhibit of 16 international, award-winning photo and multi-media journalists at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art to much critical acclaim. Recent reviews of my work have appeared in the Huffington Post, Art Scene, OC Weekly, Orange County Register, New University, Riviera Magazine, Coast Magazine, Huntington Beach Independent, and appeared on CNN, NBC, ABC, and more. I lead the Gina Genis Photo Workshops where I show beginning and intermediate photographers how to jump to the next level with their work. I also teach online photography courses through The Compelling Image.

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  1. Nice, I like the one to the right staring down the camera :p Thanks for sharing.


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