I-41522.1 | William Notman, photographer, Montreal, QC, 1869

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William Notman, photographer, Montreal, QC, 1869
William Notman (1826-1891)
1869, 19th century
Silver salts on paper mounted on paper - Albumen process
17 x 12 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  male (26812) , Photograph (77678) , portrait (53878)
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In 1870, a costume skating carnival was held at the Victoria Rink in honour of Prince Arthur (1850-1942), who was stationed with the Rifle Brigade in Montreal. William Notman (1826-1891) announced that he would be producing a record of the event, and invited those planning to participate in the carnival to bring their costumes and skates to his studio and have their portraits taken. One hundred and fifty people with brightly coloured costumes arrived at Notman's studio to be included in his first large composite photograph.

Photographers who produced composite photographs were attempting to alleviate problems such as the movement of sitters during long exposure times, which were necessary owing to slow-acting emulsions.