Apr 19, 2018 - Sale 2474

Sale 2474 - Lot 18

Price Realized: $ 6,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 4,500
(BRAZIL) Hermann [Ermano] Kummler (1863-1949)
Album containing approximately 200 wonderful photographs by, or acquired by, the Swiss photographer Kummler depicting his exuberant three-year sojourn, from 1888 through 1891, in Rio de Janeiro, Petropolis, and Pernambuco, Brazil. The photographs are heavily annotated, sometimes in the image area, and depict Kummler's travel compatriots and their adventurous explorations. Albumen (180), silver (21), and cyanotype (2) prints (plus 13 photomechanical images), the images measuring 4 3/4x6 1/2 to 6x8 inches (12.1x16.5 to 15.2x20.3 cm.), thoughtfully arranged several per page recto/verso, several with Kummler's initials and short caption in the negative, with Kummler's captions below the prints. Oblong 4to, leather boards, edgeworn. 1888-91
AND--A mini-archive relating to Kummler's life and trip, including 50 (later) proof prints; 8 vintage albumen photographs; a numbered inventory list (in Portuguese); and additional ephemera. 1888-1930

Additional Details

From the Collection of Hermann Kummler; acquired directly from the family.

Although the photographs were made by a Kummler, a professional photographer who opened a studio in Pernambuco, the album has a family-like or snapshot feel, with loads of images depicting everyday life and native figures the Swiss retinue lived with and encountered.