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Harry Tarr, Photographer by Harry Buschman

 
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Linda
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2007 2:59 pm    Post subject: Harry Tarr, Photographer by Harry Buschman Reply with quote

Harry,

I love the way your stories literally take me back to those years...as I read this, I could remember the excitement of "color" photographs...sometimes, the color actually bled over into the other parts of the pictures, but we were so thrilled to have them in color! And your description of the "Pratt Institute...established years ago in a once genteel neighborhood with tree lined streets..." reminded me of those elegant homes on the old brick streets in my home town of Lake Charles. This was great Harry. Sorry it took me so long to reply.

Linda

Harry, knowing I was in the studio with Mrs. Tarr, would shout, "Tell her to go to hell," and I would say, "He says he'll be out in a minute Mrs. Tarr." She could read my lips but she couldn't see Harry's.

What a wise young boy! Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 6:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was the magic of "Marshall's Flesh" I never got over. No matter what your race, it colored everybody. The black and the white took care of everything else. Beauty or ugliness – it was only skin deep.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 7:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I never knew how it was done, but I can remember the thrill of seeing my own image in color! I'm not sure who took the portrait, or how much Daddy paid to have it in color, but, my hair was piled high on my head by a beautician Daddy was dating, and my face was pink with a tiny touch of darker pink on the cheeks...I felt so grown up....I knew the color was a little outside the lines of my face, and I didn't remember my cheeks being so much darker, but, in my 11 year old mind...it was simply a miracle. Now, after reading your story, I can imagine someone in the back room of that studio carefully adding the color…

Thank you Harry. I love you and your writing!!! Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 8:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

...and just think – the little man in the back room coloring your portrait never laid eyes on you ...
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 8:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smile

I know. Do you think he knew how deeply thrilled the child would be to see his work? ....or did he do so many, that he never had time to think about the people he carefully painted??? I can't remember the name of the studio, but I remember it was downtown...a small, but well known studio....Did the photographer make notes for him to follow? For the clothes, I mean. My dress was white with polka dots...the color on the dots also occasionaly went outside the lines.
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