Portrait by Frances Benjamin Johnston


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This rare hand-pulled photogravure profile portrait of a woman by pioneering American photographer Frances Benjamin Johnston (1864-1951) was printed on Japan paper and included as part of the commemorative work: Kodak Portfolio: Souvenir of the Eastman Photographic Exhibition 1897. The plate is further important as having been prepared and printed by noted Scottish photographer James Craig Annan. Further details on this photograph and exhibition follow this listing.


Printed: 1897


Excellent, with subtle age-toning to all margins.

Please inspect both photographs with listing.


image size:

9.2 x 5.3 cm


23.1 x 15.2 cm   


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Titled "A Portrait" in the portfolio, the following account was printed on separate letterpress, which will accompany the photograph as part of its' purchase:


“This profile portrait has been specially taken by Miss Johnston for the Kodak portfolio.  It furnishes another example of the successful use of the lighting of ordinary rooms for portraiture.  The textures of the different surfaces represented are effectively rendered in the picture. The photograph was taken with a No. 2 Bull’s-Eye Kodak.”


About the 1897 Kodak Exhibition


In 1897, the creeping global colossus known as the Eastman Kodak Company in America and the Eastman Photographic Materials Co., Ltd. in England hitched their wagon to the growing interest in international photographic exhibitions by putting on the largest one of its type that year in London.


Organized by prominent English pictorial photographer George Davison, (1856-1930) himself a founding member of the British Linked Ring and perhaps more importantly, the Director of the Eastman Photographic Materials Company in England, the exhibit drew 25,000 photographic entries from all over the world. Prize money of $3000.00 was the incentive.