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The First Works of Ira L. Hill    Mar 2, '11 6:24 PM
by David for group historicalziegfeld #540

Some mystery has surrounded the sudden rise of Ira L. Hill to the status of New York's foremost celebrity and society photographer in 1907. The images below, discovered in a 1904 issue of Hampton Magazine, are the first published products of his camera. Newly graduated from school in the middle west, Hill had arrived in New York and partnered with Louis De Silva, son of New Haven's foremost portrait photographer. All genre shots of models, these DeSilva&Hill shots display a fine gradation of tone. The whole body image resembles numbers of Hill's open air Home photographs of the 1910s. The partnership last about two and a half years before Hill developed a connection with Town & Country magazine and commenced his extraordinarily successful career chronicling the stage and high society. The final image is a portrait of Hill taken by Louis DeSilva. David S. Shields

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  • historicalzg - 1Reply
    ziegfeldgrrl wrote on Apr 1, '11

    Thanks so much for yet another beautiful and educational album, David.
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