Good Bye

From Pictorial Artistry: The Dramatization of the Beautiful in Photography
"Good by father! Goody bye brother! Come home soon.
It is along the shores of the St. Lawrence stream where its width measures twenty miles or more, but the fishing is usually carried on close to shore and no big boats are needed. The little girl does not know where they are going—she is deep in thought—Oh yes, they will bring big fish and plenty of them in large barrels packed with salt to be sent to the United States. So she told me in French. And so I posed her to convey the story of “Good Bye”.
Steelyard—arranged to impress by its simplicity. The rock in the middle distance was left to detract from the monotonous horizon line. The tone scale is left in grey shades to add to the sad mood of the setting.
Technical Problems:
The fishermen were coming in with their catch. Dozens of their relatives rushed to their aid to carry away the fish in baskets. There were too many people to make a picture, therefore posing had to be done. I told the two girls and the fishermen the story of “Good Bye” and with a little practise [sic] of rowing in and out, it worked.
There were more rocks in the water, taking away from the simplicity. They were removed by retouching. Irregular grain was introduced into the print to suggest atmosphere.
Camera: 2 ¼ x 3 ¼ Makina
Lens: Plaubel Anticomar
Stop: f.8
Filter: Light Yellow
Exposure: 1/50 in hand
Film: Agfa Super Plenachrome
Print: 14x17 Tuma Gas, direct"
by Adolf Fassbender, 1937
Currently not on view
date made
before 1937
Fassbender, Adolf
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
image: 8 3/8 in x 10 3/8 in; 21.2725 cm x 26.3525 cm
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Culture and the Arts: Photographic History
Adolf Fassbender, Pictorial Artistry
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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