Thursday, April 25, 2013

Vanity and the Portrait: Stereoviews A-Z

Another set of stereoviews by photographer Herman Knutzen. There is not much online about this photographer, except for his German ancestry. It could be someone else choreographed the scenes and all Knutzen did was point and shoot. 

But I doubt it. An entire team of people had to be involved . . . actors for instance. I think one of the characters below (or even Kutzen himself) would make a great protagonist or supporting character in a book. What do you think?

"Yes, madam, I can paint your portrait while you wait."

"Now, Mr. Artist, I want it to look just like me."
Mr. Artist: "Certainly, madam, there you are."

Madam: "Do you mean to say that chromo looks like me?"

"I'll teach you to insult me, sir; you made me look forty years old when I am only 23."

 "And she said she was 23. I see it was bad for me, all right."

Copyright 2013 © Sharon Himsl
[Gravseth family archive; 1906, Herman Knutzen]


  1. LOL! Rookie mistake, Mr Artist. Always err on the side of caution when guessing ages.

  2. ahahaha Makes me think of Kate Middleton's portrait. They really did age her in that one.

    Mr. Artist. When a woman says "does this make my but look fat..." Just say'n.

    The whole set up would make a great short story.

  3. This looks so cool!

  4. Haha this reminded me of Kate Middleton's painting! She looked so much older in that one. Poor artist got a lot of flak for that. It must be hard to be a portrait painter.

  5. These are awesome! Just as effective as anything modern technology could create. Looks like it was fun to choreograph too.

  6. Hi Sharon. I think that if she got that upset about being portrayed as older, she probably was really a good bit older than the 23 she claims. These are a hoot! God bless, Maria from Delight Directed Living

  7. We had one of the old viewers and cards when I was a kid. The old (but newer ViewMasters did the same 3D viewing. Loved those!

    A- to - Z

  8. This sure brings back memories of the 3D viewmasters we used to enjoy!
    Thanks for visiting my blog!

  9. Ah, silly man, he was supposed to de-age her!

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

  10. Doesn't he know that "make it look like me" is code for "make me look good"?


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