Tuesday, April 28, 2009

6. Carter photograph vs. my photo.

There has been some question as to whether my Joseph Smith photo is from a "Carter Glass Print Negative". I wanted to point out some of the subtle differences to the blog readers. The Carter print show Joseph with a distance between his ear on the left side and his collar. My photo shows an intersection between the ear and collar. How could you paint this onto a negative? It is very apparent that the Carter print is from the RLDS painting, I believe most would agree with this concept. The RLDS painting is a beautiful work and is quite accurate to the photo but still there are many differences.

The Carter print shows Joseph with a very straight tapered nose, an enhanced version of my photo shows that his nose was crooked and had possibly been broken.

The eyes....I think they tell everything. Carter's photograph shows Joseph's eyes even in size and the one on the right side is upturned slightly. My photo shows a lower eye top lid on the right side.

(You can click on the photos to enlarge them in another screen.)

While meeting with Bill Slaughter from the LDS Church History Library, I asked him if he had ever seen Joseph with a crooked nose, he said that he had not but wanted to go back and review more information.

A point that was brought up during the photo examination was that if the photograph had been derived from a one dimensional painting negative the entire image of Joseph would have been in focus. Instead the focus is primarily on his face and eyes, just a daguerreotype photo would have been taken in the 1840's.

Monday, April 27, 2009


ABC4 News in Utah is airing a repeat of the "Joseph Smith Photo Mystery" today (April 28,2009) at 5:00 P.M..

Thanks to the wonderful and talented Barb Smith and ABC4 News for all your help with this ongoing research project. To the Blogger World, more intriguing behind the scenes updates to come as we unravel this mystery.


Friday, April 24, 2009

5. Don't miss ABC4 in Utah at 10:00 P.M.

I really wish I had more time to write but I am super busy. We just got back from SLC yesterday and WOW what a great trip! I am not going to give the full details because ABC4 is airing a special on it April 27, 2009 at 10:00 P.M. MST. I will say, while in SLC we met with the LDS Church as well as some leading experts in the field of Antique and Vintage Photography. Incredible stuff!!!!

READ MORE ABOUT THE STORY AT ABC4 News' Website: Joseph Smith Photo Mystery

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

4. Exciting News Update

Sorry I haven't written on my blog for quite some time now, I have been very busy. Today, Utah's ABC4 News came out to start doing a story on my Joseph Smith Jr. photo. They will be airing it sometime in May during sweeps week, and the always gracious and beautiful Barb Smith is working on the story. It was great meeting her today and getting to tell her my story. What's next? I need to get up to SLC sometime in the near future to work on having the photo further authenticated.

On a side note: The image above is a digitally enhanced and cropped version of the photo. I know people have been dying to see a better view of it. I think it really shows some of the character of his face.