But a few photographers were lucky enough to a capture a lighter side of the otherwise serious-looking Victorians. Before you could burst-shot 4 selfies per second with your mobile phone, photography was a very expensive pleasure. Or sometimes even after it, as post-mortem photography i.
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It's best to search for ancestors by entering one term in the search box below such as surname, a city or town, a county, a state, a country or a keyword such as England, Civil War, CDV, Minnesota, Pennsylvania etc. This decorative Photographer's Backmark depicts a Civil War era family being photographed with CDV camera on a cast iron footed camera stand. Chamberlain Photo Studio, Medfield, Massachusetts.
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But of course, they were. For one thing, long exposure times would make your face ache terribly if you had to hold your smile for upwards of five minutes! But not all of the photos from the past are super-serious.
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Lady Clementina Hawarden 1 June January was a noted portrait photographer of the s. Hawarden first began to experiment with photography intaking stereoscopic landscape photographs before moving to large-format, stand-alone portraits of her daughters. It is doubtful that she kept a diary as nothing has been discovered, and there are few surviving letters to give us any insight into her life or character. We know that she married Cornwallis Maude, 4th Viscount Hawarden, in and lived in London untilwhen she moved with her husband to the family estate in Dundrum, Co.
In those early days of photography, exposures were long: The shortest method the daguerreotype method lasted fifteen minutes. This was actually a major improvement from how long it took to shoot the very first photograph inwhich took all of eight hours to produce. Common knowledge has always pointed to these long exposure times as the reason why Victorians were rarely seen smiling in photos.