While it is not particularly common, sometimes photographers have taken pictures of their subjects from the back. Sometimes it's been done for artistic reasons and in other cases it's to show something specific. Occasionally one can recognize a person whose image has been taken from the rear. Often, however, the picture could be of anybody.
is a rather nice composition of a man reading.
In this case, it happens to show him from the rear.
Johnnie Weismuller and his wife Bobbie.
I don't think that anyone could have recognized them
without being told who they were.
(6 x 8 inch International Newsreel Photo March 14, 1931)
movie star Lucille Ball taken from the rear to
show her hair style created for the RKO Radio Musical,
would probably know.
(7 1/4 x 9 inch silver print by Ernest A. Bachrach)
New York Yankees Playing
Right Field. July 29, 1958.
Joe Louis, boxer 1935
that I'd ever seen.
I believe that it was created as a visual joke.
It made me laugh as I hope it will you.
They have numbers written in ink on the left side.
There is no indication as to who the photographer is
or where they were made.
They were obviously created to show
the native costumes of a particular country and region.
This isn't uncommon. What is unusual, however,
is that the images of the front and the back of the costumes
are mounted back to back on the card.
Images from the museum collection are not available for sale