Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge

In New York City, ferries and other marine craft navigate the East River in this pictorial view emphasizing the span of the famous Brooklyn Bridge by Adolph Wittemann. Conversely, in a gelatin silver variant held by the Museum of the City of New York: “Looking over New York toward the Brooklyn Bridge”, (x2010.11.3891) the foreground frame shows a greater concentration of buildings and less river activity.

In 1890, The Getty Research Institute’s Art & Architecture Thesaurus notes, Adolph Wittemann and his brother Herman would found The Albertype Company, a Brooklyn-based publisher employing the collotype (or albertype) photographic process.

The company operated from 1890 to 1952 and produced over 25,000 prints. The Albertype Company both produced their own photographs (Adolph was a photographer), as well as reproduced photographic images produced by other companies or individual photographers. Using the prints, the company published postcards and viewbooks. Viewbooks, also known as souvenir albums or view albums, are books that contain commercially published groups of photographs depicting a place, activity, or event.”

Brooklyn Bridge

Image Dimensions8.8 x 17.1 | 12.6 x 19.7 cm Japan tissue (ca. 1897-1900)

Support Dimensions20.6 x 28.0 | 22.2 x 29.1 cm Cream colored paper/White Linen secondary support