Mother and children, Charleston, South Carolina, 1926

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This portrait, likely a mother and her two children, shows a woman tenderly cradling one child with another at her feet—all of them seriously and directly confronting the camera. Dressed in a fashionable cloche hat and fur-trimmed fitted coat over a cotton print dress, the woman—like photographer Chansonetta Stanley Emmons' other sitters—likely wore her finer clothes for the portrait.

One of Chansonetta’s subjects, Hazel True Newman, recalled endless hours posing for photographs, with Chansonetta Emmons rearranging the scene, moving her tripod and camera, and taking numerous exposures of the same vista to get the perfect photograph—leaving us to wonder if these participants are weary—or curious—with the process.

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  • Title: Mother and children, Charleston, South Carolina, 1926
  • Creator: Chansonetta Stanley Emmons
  • Creation Date: 1926
  • Subject Date: 1926
  • Location: Charleston, Charleston County, SC
  • Media: Photographic print
  • Dimensions: 16.5 cm x 11.4 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 4040, Box 10/0131; 1990.PHO1.0131
  • Collection: Chansonetta Stanley Emmons photograph collection
  • Object Type: Image

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Stanley Museum on deposit at Maine Historical Society
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