The Big Picture: Tooker Captures Early America
The Big Picture: Tooker Captures Early America is the campaign slogan to complete the mission and vision for the William Wallace Tooker Photo Collection.
Beached Whale, circa 1891 PROTECTED BY IMAGERIGHTS.COM
Why champion Tooker's Photos Now?
Tooker was a local amateur photographer in the 1880's but took photographs that are now historically priceless. Perhaps the following statement will help convey the essence of timeliness and why the Tooker Photo Collection project should be completed.
On May 22, 1911 Mr. Alexander Chamberlain, the noted anthropologist from Clark University, in Worcester, Massachusetts wrote the following introduction to Tooker's Indian Place Names on Long Island.
|The timeliness of such historical studies as those represented by Mr. Tooker's Indian Place-Names on Long Island is emphasized by the recent burning of the Capitol at Albany, which involved the destruction of hundreds (perhaps, thousands) of original manuscripts and unprinted documents relating to the period of early settlement of parts of northeastern North America by Europeans, Dutch and English in particular. Not a few of the sources (notably the records of land-papers and kindred material in the office of the Secretary of State), from which Mr.Tooker obtained the facts enabling him to interpret accurately and beyond all possibility of doubt many Indian place-names of the region in question, perished irreparably in the conflagration. Their true etymologies could be ascertained only by the most painstaking and intelligent examination, by one deeply acquainted with the speech of the Indian inhabitants, of old deeds, boundary-descriptions, wills, etc., many of which can never again be appealed to for the same original purposes, since the flames have now consumed them altogether. It may even happen sometime that the extracts from certain of these documents (no longer in existence) to be found in the pages of Mr. Tooker's book will have to serve as the only historical record or legal evidence on record concerning some of the matters with which they deal.|
Mr. Chamberlain's clearly answers the "Why Now" question. His introduction continues on for seven more pages.
To Complete Tooker Photo Project
The Project is ready to go.
The Project is about 35-40% complete with no financial obligations.
The Collection is privately and solely-owned.
The Collection has copyright registration.
The Collection is in good condition, intact and properly housed and conserved.
The owner has project expertise with credible and verifiable historical support resources.
Images of national historical significance have never been exhibited to the public in it's entirety.
Images tell a unique and rare story of America transformation.
There is a broad spectrum of audience appeal nationally and internationally.
A fact-based and authentic look at wind as an ( alternative) energy.
Some of glass plates ideally suited for large format reproduction.
Tooker Photo Collection Goals Prioritized
1. Complete comparison contemporary photography. 1. Phase One. To purchase all necessary reproduction equipment(scanner, software, large format printers), consultation with reproduction professionals, commencement of digitalization of glass plate negatives, electronic restoring and imagining, paper trials and selection, and printing of restored images. With approximately 25 selected images identified 4 are completed and two have been started. All work from 1976 including collection acquisition, storage, conservation, copy negatives and original reproductions are included in phase one. The launching of the Tooker Photo Collection website completes Phase One with no outstanding costs.
2. Phase Two. Take contemporary photographs to compare with Tooker Photo Collection images. Complete "Public" restoration and imaging of remaining glass plates for self published book and archival DVD for distribution to libraries, museums and other public service oriented institutions.
3.Phase Three. Complete reproduction process on 20 select images to include final master prints for limited edition production and "Private" archival DVD's. Archival DVD's will include about 25 images completely restored to original quality or better with the remaining images scanned " as is" with restoration to total about 80 images. A "Public"(based on limited resolution file size) set of 50 archival DVD's of the entire collection for public institution distribution and "Private" master DVD (based on larger resolution files sizes) for commercial, exhibition and publishing purposes. (There are more details and provisions to identify however at this juncture the "Public" file shall be available for distribution electronically and shall end private/public relationship).
4. Phase Four. Private Tooker Photo Collection file shall used for proposed documentary film on Tooker.
The goals of the Tooker Project are to have the photographic images digitized, restored and made availble to the world audience, publish a book, present an exhibit of large format prints and limited editions and a documentary film.
3. Book on Tooker Photo Collection
4. Exhibition of select images
A. 5 -30 x 40 prints
B. 25- 20 x 24 prints to include windmills with show catalog.
6. Limited editions.
B. Windmills and select images.
C. Best of Collection.