This is what I like about photographs.
They're proof, that even if just for a heartbeat, everything was perfect.
This morning I discovered a new fun aspect to Throwback Thursday.
In an envelope of old photographs I found my baby portrait. The high-key vignette approach is fun to see, even though it's so out of style today. However, the most fun of the shot was taking a stroll in cyberspace with the information on the back of the print.
The name of the photographer was there along with his address and phone number. I love thinking back to the days when we had a word in front of a four digit phone number. In fact, I can't remember what I had for lunch yesterday, but I remember our phone number growing up, Elmwood 2-3413.
Well, looking up Claude Cassirer, here's what I found in a 2001 article from San Diego's East County Magazine:
Claude Cassirer, who survived an internment camp during World War II and became a lecturer in schools teaching students about the Holocaust, died on September 25, 2010. A portrait photographer, he later became a volunteer and licensed ombudsman for the State of California for more than 20 years, striving to assure proper healthcare for seniors. He and his wife, Beverly, were also prominent political activists and co-founders of the La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club.
Recently, Cassirer made headlines by winning a court battle in September that allowed him to sue the government of Spain. His lawsuit sought to recover a Pissarro painting stolen from his grandparents by the Nazis, but he passed away before he could see his long-time dream fulfilled.
Further into the article,
The couple became active in progressive political politics, including John F. Kennedy’s 1960 presidential campaign, which kicked off in Cleveland.
Although he passed away in 2010, what a kick to dig into a little more of the history of the photographer who did my baby portrait.
Throwback Thursday has so much potential to help market portraiture, and so many of you are always looking for content. Remember, your target is "Mom." The kids are changing every day and her time to capture memories is limited. Use old portraits like this to make a point and then tie it back to a promotional offer for a family sitting.
It's up to you to plant those seeds!
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