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Otto Ping: Photographer of Brown County, Indiana, 1900-1940
Otto Ping began taking pictures of the people and places of his native Brown County, Indiana, in 1900 at the age of seventeen in order to make some extra money. He continued doing so for forty years while he worked at such other endeavors as peddling, farming, canning, and chicken raising. Unlike the painters and photographers who came to the county in these years to ...more
Paperback, 95 pages
Published September 23rd 1994 by Indiana Historical Society
(first published September 1994)
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There's something about looking at old photographs, (especially those that are not the stylized formal ones with fancy backdrops), the ones that show the people and their homes, and children and possessions and it sort of tugs at one's heart. Mr. Ping's photos are simple, yet gripping, without being overly "artistic". No fancy effects or props, just a lifestyle that was grim, hard work, very little money or medical advantages, yet radiating resilience and permanency. This period of time was less ...more