Last week I had the pleasure of visiting the Portland Art Museum in Oregon to see a collection of photographs by the extraordinary photographer and artist Vera Prasilova Scott. Prasilova Scott moved with her family from Houston to Portland in 1937, following her husband Arthur Scott’s appointment as a Professor in Chemistry at Reed College, and … Continue reading Artists in the Archives- Vera Prasilova Scott (1899-1996)
Prasilova was born in 1899 in Bohemia, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. A talented artist, she apprenticed under famed Czech photographer Frantisek Drtikol (1883-1961) at the age of 18, and went on to earn a Master’s from the Graphic Arts School in Munich, Germany. Eventually, Prasilova opened and operated a successful photography studio in Houston, where … Continue reading Tech Thursday: Vera Prasilova Scott Photography Equipment- Enlarger
To capture the stunning images in her photographs, Vera Prasilova Scott needed amazing equipment. Here is one lens from her collection. In the finding aid, it’s labeled as a Karl Zeiss Jena 1.45-15 cm lens, but this seems incorrect. The actual lens is a Voigtländer and Sohn manufactured in Braunschweig, Germany. It’s numbered 8325, though … Continue reading Memorabilia Monday: Giant Lens
We recently showcased our Vera Prasilova Scott portraiture collection, and in honor of Mother’s Day, we’re going to do it again. Happy Mother’s Day!
Nestled in the Vera Prasilova Scott portraiture collection is a series devoted to camera equipment and supplies. Camera enthusiasts might see another post in the following months about the more technical equipment. The Hammer Dry Plate Company boxes are quite interesting. The box includes a wonderful drawing of the company with cars from the time period, roughly … Continue reading Memorabilia Monday: Photographic Dry Plates Box