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Augustus F. Sherman: Ellis Island Portraits 1905-1920

Text by Peter Mesenholler.

Now available in paperback! Throughout his tenure as a registry clerk with the Immigration Division of Ellis Island, Augustus F. Sherman systematically photographed more than 200 families, groups and individuals while they were being held by customs for special investigations. This volume collects and provides an essential revaluation of Sherman's striking portraits, which predate August Sander's cataloging efforts by several years. An historical document of unprecedented worth, Augustus F. Sherman: Ellis Island Portraits includes almost 100 portraits taken from 1905 through 1920. The subjects are frequently dressed in elaborate national costumes or folk dress, emphasizing the variety and richness of the cultural heritage that came together to form the United States. Romanian shepherds, German stowaways, Russian vegetarians, Greek priests and Ghanaian women in elaborately patterned dresses are treated with equal gravitas. The resulting body of work presents a unique and powerful picture of the stream of immigrants who came through Ellis Island. Though originally taken for his own personal study, Sherman's work appeared in the public eye as illustrations for publications with titles such as Alien or American, and hung on the walls of the customs offices as cautionary or exemplary models of the new Americans.
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Pub Date: 6/15/2005
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