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Lot 333: (MET. LIFE INSURANCE CO.--PORTRAITS) An impressive amateur photographer's documentary portrait series, with more than 450 photographs.

ART & STORYTELLING: PHOTOGRAPHS & PHOTOBOOKS

by Swann Auction Galleries

25 October 2016

New York, NY, USA

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  • (MET. LIFE INSURANCE CO.--PORTRAITS) An impressive amateur photographer's documentary portrait series, with more than 450 photographs.
  • (MET. LIFE INSURANCE CO.--PORTRAITS) An impressive amateur photographer's documentary portrait series, with more than 450 photographs.
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Description: (MET. LIFE INSURANCE CO.--PORTRAITS)
An impressive amateur photographer's documentary portrait series, with more than 450 photographs.
A seemingly comprehensive document, including elegant, natural portraits of the photographer's colleagues at the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in Manhattan, as well as friends from his home in New Jersey, each carefully recorded and captioned, including the notation "by Chester." With portraits taken in front of the building, on the roof, and in Madison Square Park, as well as more suburban New Jersey scenes showing church gatherings and friends at play. The shots are detailed and reveal the photographer's intimate, kind rapport with his subjects, as well as his apparently obsessive documentary approach. Silver prints, the images measuring 4 1/4x2 1/2 inches (10.8x6.4 cm.), the sheets slightly larger, each with the photographer's typed caption (including the sitter's name, other identifying features, such as the location, their age, their position within the company, or other affiliation in the photographer's life), and most with the sitter's name again, in ink (perhaps their signatures), a photo service stamp, or a date stamp, on verso. 1935-39

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