“A visual feast. Like the Highwaymen, Barnhill created his own version of the landscape, based on the real environment yet in a fantastic otherworldly palette.”—Rick Kilby, author of Finding the Fountain of Youth: Ponce de León and Florida’s Magical Waters
“Takes us on a historical voyage while we visit Florida landscapes as seen through Barnhill’s lens.”—Larry Roberts, author of Florida’s Golden Age of Souvenirs, 1890-1930
“Provides a wonderful insight into the world of Florida’s tourism industry through the eyes of E. G. Barnhill as an unsung character of hand-colored photography.”—R. Lynn Whitelaw, founding director and curator, Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art
We are excited to announce the publication of this beautiful portrait of old Florida! Gary Monroe’s new book, E.G. Barnhill, will give you a taste of Florida from a bygone era. In the age of railroads and steamships, of frontier Florida and the tourism boom of the early 1900s, photographer E. G. Barnhill set up shop in the young city of St. Petersburg. Barnhill pioneered a popular new type of tourist art, colorizing black-and-white snapshots taken by himself and his customers. He applied watercolors to these prints according to his own sense of light and palette and his interpretation of consumer demand to provide visitors with a one-of-a-kind souvenir.
Shown below in this slideshow are some of E.G. Barnhill’s works featured in the book. Read the book to see the complete collection!