history of portrait photography

Discussion in 'Casual Photo Conversations' started by pawel_baranski, Mar 15, 2012.

  1. I'm looking for resources about history of portrait photography. Trends and lots of picture.
    I'm able to use google but maybe someone know some good resource.
  2. I forgot to add that I'm interested in staged photography.
  3. I seem to remember a book called' The Theatre of the Face' or something very similar.
  4. e-vint.com has what you want. Histories of artists, studios and subjects from the late 1800s through to the 1930s and more. Not to mention several thousand images of the same time period.
  5. Pawel,
    William Notman, immigrant from Scotland, operated a photo studio from 1856 to 1891, mainly in Montreal, and created wonderful portraits of elite and not so wealthy, including group and staged portraits. He had as many as 19 full time and seasonal studios in Canada and the USA and overcame the slowness of the then emulsions by staging sport and recreational scenes with his artists filling in the details of action. An 1885 football game between Harvard and McGill universities in Montreal was captured like a theatrical piece. The McCord Museum has the greatest collection of his work and if you go to the Exploration section of this site, several videos will show some of his work (the one on composites is interesting, but so are the others). His son Charles carried on his business until about 1935.
  6. Pawel,
    Might also do a google search for Mathew B. Brady, other than his work on the American Civil War, he is one of the 19th centuries most notable Portrait Photographer's and much of his Portrait work can be found in the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian website.
    He was known for his Portrait's of Celebrities of the time.
    Hope that might be of some help.
    here's the link: http://www.npg.si.edu/exh/brady/index2.htm

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