PhotographerTheodor and Oskar Hofmeister
AtelierLouis Koch (Bremen)
Image Dimensions: 13.8 x 8.8 cm
Support Dimensions: 13.8 x 8.8 cm
The title of this photograph has been conceived by this website and not printed on postcard verso. A woman uses a hay rake to gather cut wheat into sheaves, which can be seen in the background. She is believed to be the same subject appearing in the Hofmeister brothers more well-known study (seen on this website) titled Ernte, taken in 1899 or before.
Postcard verso attributions:
Nach einer kunstphotographie v Th. & Osc. Hofmeister, Hamburg 1903
Land u. Leute aus der Haide: Serie IV. No. 22.
Verlag v. Louis Koch, Bremen
Postcard recto marginalia: left corner: Black Forest, ink script in unknown hand
Original copy for this entry posted to Facebook on March 7, 2012:
Photographic postcards are an intriguing area for collectors to pursue. Several years ago I acquired four interesting ones done in the extremely fine collotype (lichtdruck process) by the Hofmeister brothers of Hamburg, important practitioners of art photography in Germany who specialized in large scale gum-bichromate prints. I’ve posted them all on the site, with this example, “Ernte: variant”, giving for the first time a window on the face of the mystery female farm hand the brothers photographed in their other famous photo of her simply titled “Ernte”. (Harvest) (see August 24th, 2011 post on Facebook for original link)