I-45580.1 | Rifle Brigade group, taken for a composite, Montreal, QC, 1866-67

 
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Rifle Brigade group, taken for a composite, Montreal, QC, 1866-67
William Notman (1826-1891)
1870, 19th century
Silver salts on paper mounted on paper - Albumen process
8 x 8 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
I-45580.1
© McCord Museum
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In a big scene with lots of people, some would be further away from the front, and therefore would appear to be smaller. This is a small group of soldiers, members of the Rifle Brigade, who are going to be placed towards the back of a composite, so their image has to be smaller. Notman has moved his camera far back in the studio, away from the set and the soldiers, reducing their size on the negative and giving us a rare glimpse of a piece of his equipment. Of all the photographs he took during his long career, he never took one of a setup in his own studio.

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