Beautiful Pictures: Hugh Mangum

The NYTImes Lens blog has a feature on an unknown Reconstruction-era photographer named Hugh Mangum, who took “penny pictures” of ordinary people.  I thought the title came from sitters paying a penny for a photo, but apparently it refers to the camera itself.

His portraits, presented many on a page, are full of life. I couldn’t help wondering about the stories of the individuals and the relationships.  A nice find.


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Here’s the type of camera he used.

The “Penny Picture Camera.”


And there are more of his photos at Duke University Libraries’ Digital Collections.