My mother, Norma Forss, did portraits of children in the most magical period of photography. I have all of her negatives and I am restoring them by scanning them into a computer as image files. I am able to fix all the flaws in her negatives … scratches, stains, fading of her color negatives, spots and holes and even some that are torn. These are reborn now as perfectly new images, as though tye were just created.
What I cannot do … what no one can do … is pose her subejcts the way that my mom did. I think the world should see these now. The one I illustrate here is a portrait of a young girl named Adelia. This photo was taken in 1937. You can see the new completed world icon … the ever majestic Empire State Building in the distance … before it had an antenna put on its roof . I actually can count about 1000 portraits my mother took and the most amazing thing about them is how perfectly posed each subject is. My mother would not take a picture unless the subject at hand was coerced into postering themselves with directions from my mother that could take up to one hour ! I know because I was there; I remmember that it was quit an ordeal to be photograhed by Norma Forss … and the result was always as though the subject was beautifully posed in an instant as happens with a lucky shot we take here and there. You will see amny of my moms porrtaits on this blog. I made a CD book about my mom with 84 portaaits in it and three text files. I can sell this for $8.00 plus $2.00 shipping.
Every picture my mother ever took shows her amazing mastery of her craft, and what is surprizing is that the bulk of her portraits were done with a simple box camera !
A can sell a large 8 x 10 digital print of Norma’s iamges for $85. I use Epson paper and long lasting inks.