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American Photography: 1839 – 1900

Friday, June 2nd, 1989

The people in the portraits present anxious faces to the camera; having your picture taken was a serious busi­ness. The camera was enor­mous, bulky, and expen­sive; the process was time-consuming and myste­rious. Silvery and almost trans­parent, their deli­cate faces float on the shim­mering silver plates like ghosts.

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