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Unidentified Photographer

[Two Unidentified Men]

Date ca. 1860
Dimensions Overall: 3 3/4 x 3 1/4 in. (9.5 x 8.3 cm)
Print medium Photo-Ambrotype

Your Mirror: Portraits from the ICP Collection
Section: Identification
Images of such relaxed displays of affection between American men were common in the nineteenth century. While a range of same-sex relationships between men existed during this period, this suggestive and ambiguous ambrotype demonstrates the extent to which the interpretation of images depends upon shifting social values; the photograph is neither proof of a gay relationship nor a straightforward homosocial pose.

Credit line

Gift of Brian Wallis in honor of David Deitcher and Clayton Guthrie, 2001

Feedback Accession No. 2.2001