MESENHOLLER, Peter. Augustus Sherman: Ellis Island Portraits 1905-1920.

(New York, NY): Aperture, 2005.  Second printing.  Quarto.  141 pages.  Throughout his tenure as a registry clerk with the Immigration Division of Ellis Island, Augustus F. Sherman systematically photographed more than 200 families, groups, and individuals while they were being held by customs for special investigations. This volume provides an essential revaluation of Sherman’s striking portraits, which predate August Sander’s cataloging efforts by several years. A historical document of unprecedented worth, the volume includes almost 100 portraits taken from 1905 through 1920. The subjects are frequently dressed in elaborate national costumes or folk dress.  A very good copy in boards without dust jacket as issued.


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