FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SOUTHOLD, NY—The Southold Historical Society is pleased to announce the release of a new photographic history book entitled “All That is Lovely: George Brainerd’s Images of the North Fork, 1878-1879.” The book features local photographs taken by the noted Brooklyn photographer, George Brainerd (1845-1887).
Though primarily associated with Brooklyn, Brainerd found time to travel up in the Hudson River Valley as well as out on Long Island, where he captured the sleepy little towns and extremely rural landscapes similar to those he had known in his native Connecticut. For the people of Long Island his work holds special meaning as he captured and created a record of what the island was like prior to its suburban development.
Brainerd came out to eastern Long Island in 1878 and again in 1879 to photograph the rural townships of Southampton, East Hampton, Shelter Island, and Southold. He was in Southold in autumn of 1878 (some images noting the month of October), probably the winter of 1878-79 (when a small group of winter images were taken), and then again in the spring and/or summer of 1879 (several of which are dated). In all, over 80 images are included in the book that depict various places in Southold Town.
“Many of his photographs are precious because they depict landscapes and building that no longer exist and in some cases are recorded nowhere else,” stated Geoffrey K. Fleming, the author of the book and former Director of the Southold Historical Society. “We were very pleased to work with the Brooklyn Museum of Art which graciously allowed us to use their holdings of Brainerd’s images in the creation of this book,” he continued.
A case in point are two images Brainerd took of the Barnabas Horton House which was once located in Southold hamlet. Completed in 1659, only sketches and primitive paintings of the building were known to exist until these two photographs were discovered amongst the more than two thousand photographs Brainerd created. Even more important is the fact that he photographed the house on the eve of its demolition – a few weeks later he would have been too late to capture it – making these images a treasure indeed.
The book is currently available through the Society’s museum gift shop at a cost of $30. For more information, contact the Southold Historical Society at (631) 765-5500.