photograph showcase

Photograph Showcase: Portrait of a Photographer

DUVAL, Estelle, 15 November 1955, negative - edited, lae
Hope Estelle Maffit, 15 November 1955

Estelle Duval is my great-grandmother.  She was a photographer.  Together with my great-grandfather, she owned Duval Portraits in Spokane.  I have thousands of photographs that she took.  Thousands.

This photo is one I had never seen until just recently when I scanned a few more negatives.  Unfortunately, my scanner has a very limited window for scanning negatives and so this is a cropped version.  The actual negative is a bit wider.  I discovered that the rest of my stash of negatives are even wider than this one.  Bummer!  I’m going to have to do a little research on scanners and see if I can find one that can accommodate the range of negative sizes I have in my possession.  Despite that little setback, I am still in awe of the image that results from scanning a negative.  ❤️

There were two shots of Grandma Duval from this sitting.  Here is the other.  I prefer the first.  She has a lovely smile.

DUVAL, Estelle, 15 November 1955, negative, 2 - lae
Hope Estelle Maffit, 15 November 1955


Happy Thursday, I hope it’s a fantastic genealogy discovery week for each of you!!  xoxo



10 thoughts on “Photograph Showcase: Portrait of a Photographer”

  1. The clarity is remarkable. And wow, thousands! You could blog a photo a day and do nothing else for three years! 🙂

    1. Right?! While I am definitely grateful, it can be overwhelming at times. I just keep trying to do one a week – except now two because I’ve been working on that Ellis Album. A bit at a time, I’ll get there. 🙂

  2. My mother had those same eye glasses for most of my childhood. You should consider getting her camera if you have it (or purchasing one from Ebay or Amazon), dress up as her, and do a photoshoot imitating her taking some of her more remarkable photos! Now wouldn’t THAT be a story?

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