A Vanishing Legacy
The Impermanence of the Photographic Arts
There is something tragic in the knowledge that the light which shapes and defines our art is also the leading cause of its destruction. The impermanence of our world is directly reflected in the photographic artwork we create. As a record keeper of the current era, I have chosen to
document the damages being suffered by the forgotten images of the portrait photography industry of the late 1800s and early 1900s.
These early images are beginning to disappear. Fire, Water, Air, Sunlight and negligence all contribute to this fading part of our history. These images are not only our loved ones, they are our anthropological footprint. Through these images we are able to discern
information about the sitter, the photographer and the time period. The sheer beauty of photography is that it is our millennium’s way of leaving a visual legacy; however, once it destroyed it cannot be replaced.