marstershot archive • significant danish photography

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New acquisition - A. P. Weis family photographs

mastershot has acquired a unique collection of glass negatives with impressions from Danish high society life around the 1900.

So far the photographer is assumed to be Helga Marie Weis (1877-1946) wife of
Andreas Peter Weis (1851-1935) one of the periods great cultural figures who had
great influence in the Danish artistic and cultural life and was a close friend of brewer Carl Jacobsen and painter Marie Kroyer.

The collection includes portraits and group shots of family and friends typical for the period but also photographs of a more experimental nature including "snap-shots" of the children in the garden.
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It is clear that the photographer not only wanted to document different family life situations but explored the possibilities of photographic expression. Many of the photographs are of a very high artistic quality.

All glass negatives are stored in their original envelopes, many of them with handwritten notes on motif, date and exposure.