Unidentified Family

Ida Crie Collection
Courtesy of Alice Knight

It was very common in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries for family portraits to be taken outside, in front of the family homestead. Part of the visual appeal of this multi-generational portrait is the fact that only the father is looking at Crie’s camera when she takes it. In our modern digital era, where family portraits can be re-taken and photo-shopped to ensure everyone is looking at the camera, this photograph serves as a poignant reminder of our desire to preserve the images of our loved ones, and how difficult such photographs can be to capture.