[Man with Carpentry Tools]

Object Details

Title:

[Man with Carpentry Tools]

Artist/Maker(s):

Unknown maker, American

Culture:

American

Date:

about 1848

Medium:

Daguerreotype, hand-colored

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For his daguerreotype portrait, this carpenter chose to be shown with the tools of his trade: a bench plane and miter saw. Curlicues of wood shavings suggest actual work in progress, but the static quality of his pose and the blank backdrop indicate that the portrait was made in the photographer's studio rather than the carpenter's workroom. Despite such obvious staging, this worker stands proudly with his tools, looking directly at the camera.

Exhibitions
Arrows of Time: Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum (January 24 to April 2, 1995)
  • Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center at UCLA, (Los Angeles), January 24 to April 2, 1995
The Making of a Daguerreotype: Images and Artifacts (April 14 to July 12, 1998)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), April 14 to July 12, 1998
In Focus: The Worker (November 3, 2009 to March 21, 2010)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), November 3, 2009 to March 21, 2010