[Broadway, looking north from Broome Street, New York]

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[Broadway, looking north from Broome Street, New York]


Attributed to Silas A. Holmes (American, 1820 - 1886)
or attributed to Charles DeForest Fredricks (American, 1823 - 1894)




New York, New York, United States (Place created)


about 1853 - 1855


Salted paper print


29.2 × 39.1 cm (11 1/2 × 15 3/8 in.)

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In the mid 1800s, most of New York's principal photography studios, including that of Silas A. Holmes, who made this photograph, were located along Broadway in present-day Soho. Art galleries, pharmacists, and specialty stores could also be found along this street. During this period, residents were rapidly moving northward on the island of Manhattan. The traditional four-story houses with ground-floor retail enterprises were being demolished to make room for commercial spaces, such as the prominent six-story St. Nicholas Hotel, the white building at center left.

Experimental Photography: The First Golden Age 1851 - 1889 (April 11 to June 25, 1989)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), April 11 to June 25, 1989
The Man in the Street: Eugène Atget in Paris (June 20 to October 8, 2000)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), June 20 to October 8, 2000

Natural Magic: Salted Paper Prints in North America (Santa Barbara: Santa Barbara Museum of Art in association with the University of Washington Press, 2015), p. 64.