The latest edition to the Roseberry Collection here at C’ville Images is one of the hidden gems from Ed’s archives. This photograph of the Rotunda and Lawn at the University of Virginia is certainly one of his finest. Originally undated, we have worked with Ed to determine it was taken, most likely, in 1954.
Roseberry was experimenting with black and white infrared film at the time and took several shots around Grounds and around Charlottesville using this type of film. Using special filters on his Graflex 4×5 Speed Graphic camera, the exposure has filtered out most of the “visible” light, leaving infrared light to create an image that is other-worldly. Things that are blue (the sky, for example) appear nearly black and perhaps most dramatically, greens (such as lawn and tree foliage) appear nearly white, as that color reflects infrared light the way snow reflects visible light. The end result is a fantastical and surreal view of one of Charlottesville’s iconic landmarks.
Ed has not published or shared this image before and C’ville Images is now offering it as a “Special Edition” print. The print is 11×14 in size with borders and a matte-lustre finish making the print ideal for framing. The print you purchase WILL NOT have the watermark seen above.
The print comes with a signature card, signed by Ed in his classic, stylized signature that he has been using on his work since the 1940s. It also comes with an information sheet about the photograph. The cost is $60 for this special edition print (plus sales tax and shipping). You can order yours by contacting Steve Trumbull at C’ville Images. Quantities are limited. Proceeds go directly to the artist, Ed Roseberry, and to C’ville Images to help fund our continued scanning and research of the Roseberry archives. This print makes a great gift for anyone with a connection to UVA.
Properly matted and framed, the image is even more stunning. For customers who plan to frame the print, we are including with the package a $35 discount coupon off the cost of framing at The Great Frame-Up, located in Rio Hill Shopping Center. Stop by and see Jen, Mike, or Dale for high-quality framing services to display this Roseberry original in your home or office.
Ed Roseberry poses in this current day photo with the camera he used to create the Rotunda photograph 60 years ago. Many other Roseberry photos can be purchased from the Roseberry Collection here at C’ville Images.
We are currently working on many projects and ideas for the year ahead here at C’ville Images.
We will resume our regular monthly shows this autumn at C’ville Coffee on Harris Street and are working right now to put these programs together. We are pleased and grateful for the wonderful following our photo presentations have had over the past couple of years and look forward to seeing all of you in the months ahead.
One of our programs will include guest speaker (and former Charlottesville mayor) Dave Norris discussing his extensive collection of photo post cards that go back more than a century. The collection, now housed at C’ville Images and in the process of being scanned and digitized, is an amazing visual history of Charlottesville as well as a fascinating peek into the correspondence of local citizens and visitors to the city. Many of the images from these postcards are not found elsewhere. Dates and times to be announced.
C’ville Images is also working on at least two photo exhibits that will be shown in venues around Charlottesville. Since these exhibits will be more costly to produce than our other programs we will be raising money and looking for sponsors as we begin assembling the exhibit. Please contact us if you or your business would like to contribute.
In the months ahead we will be continuing the long process of scanning and digitizing prints, slides, and negatives from Ed Roseberry’s archives. There are thousands of photos from the 1940s through the 1980s that we are looking at and helping to date and identify. From Ed’s archives (nearly 180,000 images) we hope to select some more of his finest work, restore and clean up the photos, and add them to the Roseberry Collection at C’ville Images, making these photographs available to the public to purchase as prints. Proceeds go to both Ed Roseberry and to C’ville Images. We will be adding a few each month to the collection so please check back frequently and thanks for supporting Ed and us by buying some of these classic prints for your home, business or office.
Mr. Roseberry’s archives aren’t the only photographs we are working on. Over the past year C’ville Images has received more than 2000 photographs from private sources that have not been seen before by the general public. We are working hard to get these inventoried and digitized so that we can continue to do new and fascinating projects in the months and years ahead. Thanks to all our contributors!
And lastly, C’ville Images will continue to document Charlottesville and surrounding areas. Our website and Facebook posts will continue. We also hope to continue our work with other photographers and area institutions that are also dedicated to collecting and preserving the photographic record of our town. We cannot do it without your support. Please donate today!
Top image from the Norris Collection at C’ville Images. Second and third images are by Ed Roseberry. Fourth image courtesy Haden Family. Final image by Steve Trumbull. All work on this website is copyrighted and should not be used without permission.
The Stars and Stripes hang from Saunders Bridge over Rt. 53 at Monticello. On Friday, the 52nd annual naturalization ceremony will take place at Monticello, where dozens of new Americans will earn their U.S. citizenship. This is the view they will have as they arrive at Thomas Jefferson’s historic home near Charlottesville. A safe and happy 4th to all of our C’ville Images followers!