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This image was chosen in collaboration with the Statue of Liberty National Monument and the Ellis Island Immigration Museum and is from the book Ellis Island Portraits 1905–1920. It is one of Sherman's many striking portraits, which predate August Sander's cataloging efforts by several years.


Throughout his tenure as a registry clerk with the Immigration Division of Ellis Island, Augustus F. Sherman systematically photographed more than 200 families, groups, and individuals while they were being held by customs for special investigations.

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