I-1063 | Mrs. Keith, Montreal, QC, 1861

Mrs. Keith, Montreal, QC, 1861
William Notman (1826-1891)
1861, 19th century
Silver salts on glass - Wet collodion process
12 x 10 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  female (19035) , Photograph (77678) , portrait (53878)
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Keys to History

Why isn't Mrs. Keith smiling? Good question. She is not smiling because she had to hold her pose for a long time while the light had an effect on the photographic emulsion. A variety of techniques, such as composites and painted photographs, were used to compensate for long exposure times. In the history of photography, most advances have involved reductions in exposure times.

Source : In the Eye of the Camera [Web tour], by Nora Hague, McCord Museum (see Links)