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“Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.” – Pioneer woman photographer Imogen Cunningham (1883-1976), who worked prolifically until her death.

From a blurry snapshot of a long-ago event to a random portrait of a stranger found in an antique shop, we’d like you to demonstrate that a picture really is worth a thousand words. Please blog this week about your favorite old photograph, and tag your post favorite old photo blog. (Post the photo along with your blog post, please!)

A few bloggers will receive books by Red Room authors:

  • In Cheryl Norman's romantic thriller Rebuild My World, a woman—once a confident and successful photographer—returns to her family home, suffering from the agoraphobia that has plagued her since she was brutally attacked in her apartment. A stalked former celebrity, a handsome chief deputy, and old family feud complicate matters, making for an exciting read.
  • Douglas R. Keister makes a special contribution for this creative challenge. His first-ever book, 1985's Driftwood Whimsy: The Sculptures of the Emeryville Flats, launched his career in publishing after San Francisco Chronicle columnist Herb Caen gave the book a glowing review. They present a view of a quirky Bay Area landmark fondly remembered. 

So post a blog entry today on the subject of public readings! For help on how to blog, please see the directions here. We'll choose one of these blog posts to be featured on Red Room's homepage next week. Post your entry by Friday at 10:30 a.m. PDT (GMT-08:00) for consideration, and be sure to tag it with the keyword term favorite old photo blog in the Blog Keyword Tags field so we can find it. (Please don't forget the exact tag. For more information about tags, click here.)

And don't forget to check out last week's blog entries about public readings. From helpful lists of suggestions to hilarious stories of readings that went horribly wrong.

Thanks as always for blogging!

Huntington W. Sharp, Senior Editor, Red Room

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old photos

I just went through a box of family photos at my Mom's house. (She's 82.) and saw a bunch that I had never seen before. Scanned and shared with my extended family. If history is not shared it will be lost. This was an interesting blog post and I love that picture!

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Thanks, Robert!

I love that photo of Imogen Cunningham, too! I remember first hearing about her in the '70s in a special issue of Life magazine about remarkable American women. This photo evokes so much about a long, creative life lived on one's own terms, doesn't it? Thanks for participating this week!


Huntington Sharp, Senior Editor, Red Room

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I'm new to this

How do I find the published blogs re: favorite old photo. Thanks.


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Seeing all blog posts

Hi Barbara,

You can see all the favorite old photo blog posts here: http://redroom.com/blog-keyword-tags/favorite-old-photo-blog. I hope you'll read many of them and leave comments on the ones that strike you. Thanks!


Huntington Sharp, Senior Editor, Red Room


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Hi, Harrington.

I didn't know the name Imogen Cunningham until about a month ago. 

I heard her name and importance for the first time from my son, who will be working on the prints for a book about her. An exciting project.

Love the photo. 

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Thanks, Dolores

Isn't it great? I'm glad you like the topic. We got some fascinating entries.


Huntington Sharp, Senior Editor, Red Room

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I see at least two favorite

I see at least two favorite old photo blogs missing, but perhaps they were entered too late.  Mine, and Rob Smith's.  Maybe there are others missing, too.


Nancy Brady Smith


PS.  My Great Aunt Zoe looked a lot like Imogene.  When I first saw the photo, I found the resemblance striking. 

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Thanks for bringing this to my attention, Nancy. Both your and Rob's posts' tags were just different enough from what we asked for (favorite old photo blog) that they didn't appear in the list. I fixed both, and now they should appear there. Sorry for the confusion!


Huntington Sharp, Senior Editor, Red Room

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so much; appreciated! ~nan

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Dear Huntington, I'm tickled

Dear Huntington,

I'm tickled pink to see my blog post "Stories Photographs Tell or Trigger" featured. I feel honored to be put in the spotlight together with Fran Johns. And to win books by Red Room's authors Cheryl Norman and Douglas R. Keister, just by participating in the challenge, is double treat.

What a wonderful way to bring writers in contact with each other!

Thank you for the incentive and acknowledgement, and Cheryl and Douglas for their books!

Judith van Praag