1931 Dain Tasker X-Ray Photo
It's been in my family. My great-aunt owned it, and she lived in Palm Springs, L.A. area. What I'd been told about it is that her daughter was ill and in the hospital, and that her doctor gave her this photograph as a gift. And then I was at a floral shop and I saw some greeting cards, and I saw the image on a greeting card. So I bought the greeting card, took it home, and looked at the back of the greeting card and it mentioned a gallery. On the Internet I found a book that was pictures from the showing that was at the gallery, and this photograph was in the book.
And it's actually on the cover of the book.
So the name of the photographer is Dain Tasker. He was a physician, a radiologist at the Wilshire Hospital in Los Angeles. And like many professional men of the early 20th century, he became interested in photography in the 1920s. And so here he is in his day job using x-rays and he has a kind of aha moment-- that I'm going to look at flowers as the subject matter, as the content of my pictures. He'd already been photographing for about ten years. And so the x-ray becomes his art form.
Apparently, Dr. Tasker enjoyed gifting his photographs to nurses, to patients, to other physicians. And then he met a photographer in L.A. whose name was Will Connell, and Will Connell was 25 years younger than Tasker, very prominent fine art photographer, and he encourages the doctor to look at his work more seriously. And he crosses over from being an amateur photographer to a professional photographer.
At today's Roadshow, I've seen many other examples of x-rays of flowers.
By photographers who apparently were local photographers, but who didn't have gallery exposure and who didn't have their work reproduced in magazines and seen in salons. So the value of their pictures would be a few hundred dollars. At auction today, a preliminary estimate for this photograph would be $6,000 to $9,000.
Wow, that's great.
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