I’m ready for my close-up, or, one of the reasons I love working with high resolution scans from large format negatives

Part of my job includes cataloging images from the University of Louisville’s extensive photograph collection. I’m currently working on the Caufield & Shook collection. In the 1920s, the Caufield & Shook photographers captured images of Louisville on a large-format camera that produced 8 x 10 in negatives. We scan the negatives at a high resolution which reveals details not immediately visible in the original. I’ve been zooming in and capturing some of the faces that returned the gaze of the giant camera pointed in their direction. The photographs below are close-ups and you can click on the links to see the full sized images. See if you can locate the faces looking back at you.


This is the first close-up I noticed when I started cataloging the collection. I was mesmerized and began collecting close-ups as I worked through the images. We believe this man worked at the Komstohk Candy Co. next door to the Marion E. Taylor building.


Children on the playground of the George Prentice school.


Although ostensibly just a photograph of the Mammoth Life Insurance building, this close-up revealed an image of the Louisville Leader office as well. Follow the Leader link to images of the newspaper and find information about how you can help transcribe pages for the digital collection.


Workers in the Campbell Company tobacco factory.


Woman looking out a window near railroad tracks on Frankfort Avenue.



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