And, because the negatives were produced using a large-format camera, the detail retained by the images easily matches modern photo techniques, said George Jolokai, the COCC photography professor who printed the images used in ,Fragile Legacy.,
,We think we,ve come so far with photography, but they had this kind of detail back then,, he
said. ,It doesn,t jump out at you because it,s too big; it,s more that it,s intimate and the detail is exquisite.,
, who spent more than two hours making each print in the exhibit, said since the Van Vleet collection came from a studio, it reflects the many kinds of photos a studio would have taken from about 1910 to the late 1920s: posed portraits, candid shots, documentary photos of major events and commercial-style images that businesses would have used to advertise.
One thoughtless estate sale, and they could have been sold as panes of glass for a greenhouse, a fate that many vintage glass-plate negatives met, Jolokai
The Van Vleet family had the foresight not only to retain the collection, but to store it safely in archival paper and at a stable temperature.
,All along the way, a lot of people cared enough to not lose this collection,, Jolokai
,I,ve invented entire lifetimes for these people at a glance,, Jolokai
The humanity of the photos lives in their frames.