The Curious, Little-Known Photography of Lloyd Mifflin
Subjectphotography; Mifflin, Lloyd (1846-1921); Lancaster County amateur photography; Late-19th century American photography; American vernacular photography
The honors thesis presents a study of Lloyd Mifflin’s (1846-1921) photography. By closely examining selected images from the relatively unknown corpus of extant glass-plate negatives, it argues for his identity as a serious amateur photographer who inventively explored photography’s visual potential. Mifflin is mostly known as “painter of the Susquehanna River,” while his activity as a photographer largely has been neglected. The Lancaster County Historical Society holds a collection of 150 glass negatives and the Pennsylvania State Archives in Harrisburg holds another collection of over 300. Digitally generated positive images from these glass-plate negatives (around 500) constitute the body of evidence upon which this study relies. Until now, two scholars have briefly discussed Mifflin’s photography, and both primarily argue that these photographs served merely as visual aids for Mifflin’s painting practice. After offering an overview of late 19th and early 20th century American photography, the thesis then analyses Mifflin’s extant photographs in relation to his biography as well as the photographic and artistic trends contemporary to his time that may have shaped his response to photography as an expressive medium.
Franklin and Marshall College Archives, Undergraduate Honors Thesis 2011
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