Bohemian mother and children
Some photos were disturbing especially of the humans who would eventually be part of traveling circuses and side shows due to their size or deformity. Sherman had a compassionate eye and the compositions I saw were remarkable for an amateur. Each piece of clothing was worthy of several minutes of observation and in some cases, introspection. Also, many photos had captions with names, random information, including the name of the ship they had ridden or religion.
Jewish family from London
A New York Times article from 2005 gives more information about the photographer and some additional photos. It mentions one of my favorite photos:
It was stressed that at the time, due to the many languages represented as well as nationalism and conflicting opinions about the immigration, the 'costumes' these travelers wore were used to define where they came from, sometimes with less than admiration.
three different women from Holland
women from Guadelupe
I enjoyed the photos from Italy and this one below was my favorite. I can't explain.
All the photos I've reproduced are from The Statue of Liberty National Monument, The Ellis Island Immigration Museum and the Aperture Foundation. The exhibit moves on to Lexington, Massachusetts in October and then on to Decorah, Iowa in May, 2009.