This disbound album contains 33 pictorial photographs of California mission ruins taken by photographer Louis Fleckenstein
(1866-1943) around 1920; most notable are San Juan Capistrano, San Juan Bautista,
San Luis Obispo, and San Fernando Rey. Also included are photographs of smaller missions and Catholic churches, such as San
Antonio de Pala Asistencia, Church of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels, and the Royal
Louis Fleckenstein was born in 1866 in Faribault, Minnesota, and began a career as a painter. He began to delve into photography
when his wife gave him a camera in 1895.
Over time, Fleckenstein became involved in pictorial photography, focusing on the beauty of subject matter over reality. He
founded the Salon Club of America in 1903, and was appointed Director.
In 1907, Fleckenstein moved to Los Angeles, California, and opened a portrait studio there. Seven years later, he founded
the Camera Pictorialists of Los Angeles. Around 1920, he photographed the California missions,
seeing them as good subjects in their ruined state for atmospheric prints; his photographs helped fuel the public’s interest
in the missions’ romantic image.
Fleckenstein moved to Long Beach in 1924, where he continued to work with pictorial photography until his death in 1943.
33 photographs in 1 box; prints 13 x 10 cm. (5 x 4 in.), album 18 x 25 cm. (7 1/4 x 10 in.)
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