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Caufield and Shook studio negative collection

Identifier: 1976_001-PA

Content Description

Approximately 47,000 nitrate negatives and 235,105 safety negatives, and associated records of the commercial Caufield and Shook studio of Louisville, KY. Images include events, businesses, portraits, street views, parks, buildings, and much more around Louisville and the surrounding region. The commercial photography firm of Caufield & Shook was founded in 1903 by James Caufield and Frank W. Shook, who later took in Will Bowers as partner and chief photographer. Richard N. Duncan and Ned Tanselle purchased the firm in 1960. The studio's negatives were donated to the Photographic Archives beginning in 1968 and continuing in 1978 when the firm ceased operation. Few aspects of life in Louisville escaped the lens of Caufield & Shook whose company motto was "we photograph ANYTHING, day or night." The collection includes work for Louisville architects, builders, banks and financial houses, wholesale and retail merchants, advertisers, government agencies, public utilities, and private individuals. In 1924 Caufield and Shook became the official photographer of the Kentucky Derby. Most of the negatives are 8 x 10 inch, flexible film and glass, and are capable of mural-size enlargement. Thousands of books, newspapers, magazines, and television programs have used Caufield & Shook photographs as illustrations. Michael Lesy's Real Life: Louisville in the Twenties (1976) was illustrated entirely with Caufield and Shook photographs.

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  • circa 1903-1970s


282100 negatives