“Little Vanishing World 4 (Draper Plate)”

Albumleaf 70: September 15, 2011 (Farmville)

H-S might have been the site of the first photograph. But John William Draper‘s image didn’t last: only the indecipherable plates remain; one can see them in the College’s Esther Atkinson Museum. This brief piece tries to capture an image’s quick decay, attempts to reclaim it, the frustration, and the hope that the image still exists.

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