Photo by Frederick W. Glasier

I am incredibly fascinated by the early 20th century photographs of the Ringling Circus taken by Frederick W. Glasier. The New York Times posted a bunch of photos from his collection and made note of how he managed to photograph the “soul” and the people behind the clown faces at the circus.

Glasier spent the beginning of the 20th century capturing the Greatest Show on Earth. Wielding a 20-pound, 8-by-10 King view camera, he trailed the street parades before the show, the back-lot scenes behind the big top, the high-wire acts that unfolded beneath it. His photographic feats conjured the entire spectacle of the show.

Frederick’s photos really are quite beautiful and I highly encourage you to view the Lens slideshow in fullscreen.