Winter at the Station

Winter at the Station

Showing porters pushing a luggage cart on a snowy train platform on the American high plains, the snow effect of this photograph is heightened by the artists skillful manipulation of the bromoil process in order to emphasize the mood of “white out” conditions. The work most likely dates to the mid to late 1920’s due to the mount lacking Blumann’s F.R.P.S. designation earned in 1932.

Writing in the History of Photography, author Christian A. Peterson weighs in on this photograph:

His last known reproductions appeared in the December 1943 issue of Popular Science, illustrating an article by him on toning. Most striking among them was ‘Winter at the Station’ (figure 12), which showed a bleak, snow covered landscape under an ashen sky. Alternatively titled ‘Dakota Weather’, this image was probably made at a train stop on the Great Plains, on one of Blumann’s many trips to professional conventions. It reflects both his known adversity to travel and an understandable longing for the milder weather of California.  (1.)

1. Excerpt: “Sigismund Blumann, California Editor and Photographer,” pp. 69-70-by Christian A. Peterson; History of Photography, vol. 26, no. 1 (Spring 2002)  (illustrated with halftone of Winter at the Station.)

Winter at the Station

Image Dimensions8.3 x 12.0 cm corner pasted to mount

Support Dimensions19.5 x 24.5 rough textured grey cardstock with bevelled impressed window

Print Notes

Recto: signed and titled in graphite by the hand of the artist: lr outside impressed mount: Sigismund Blumann

Verso:  Signed by the artist in graphite listing process and title: Bromoil Transfer. “Winter At The Station”

Exhibitions | Collections

Minneapolis Institute of Arts 99.232.6: Winter At The Station: c. 1920s. described as a gelatin silver print but with a label declaring it a  Lithobrome. (bromoil variant); extant example: lithobrome sold: Schneider-Henn Auction House: Munich, Germany September 22, 2023, Lot #9.


Sigismund Blumann, Fruitvale California: purchased for this archive in December, 2019 from his grandson Thomas High.