Monday, May 11, 2009

Lafayette Photography

This website is entitled `Photographs from the Lafayette Studios' and has been created by the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London. This website would be of interested to visual arts students interested in photography and to fashion history students. James Lafayette was a photographer in the late 19th and early 20th century. The database contains over 600 portraits produced by his studios and was developed over 10 years by Russell Harris. It wad donated to the V&A. Some of the people featured in this database include: society ladies, Indian maharajas, actresses and young men with their new cars. One can browse the database by category such as: royalty, military, court dress, religion, weddings, Devonshire House Ball, stage, Asians, Indians, Ethiopians and vehicles. Each image includes details on the sitter, date, photographer and props. The `background' section includes a biography on James Lafayette, an article by the Sunday Times detailing the provenance of the negative collection and the history of the Lafayette studio.
Link: http://www.vam.ac.uk/vastatic/microsites/1158_lafayette/
Access: Free