II-151122 | Mrs. Hamilton Gault and dogs Montreal, QC, 1904

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Mrs. Hamilton Gault and dogs Montreal, QC, 1904
Wm. Notman & Son
1904, 20th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
25 x 20 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Figure (1339) , Figure (1339) , Photograph (77678)
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Keys to History

The introduction of simple, portable cameras in the late 19th century gave rise to amateur photography. Easy to operate and requiring no special technical skills, these cameras for new photographers were an instant success. One of the consequences of this tremendous fad for photography was a huge increase in the number of pictures of family life and leisure pastimes. Children and animals were among the most frequently photographed subjects.

  • What

    Photography made it possible to preserve the most commonplace moments of everyday life. It is therefore not surprising to see the acrobatics of pets immortalized by photography.

  • Where

    Outdoor photography was a pastime much appreciated by high society, which liked to dress elegantly in case a photographer happened to capture them on film.

  • When

    The success of outdoor photography depends largely on having a great deal of natural light.

  • Who

    It can sometimes be hard for a dog to stay still. Fortunately, mechanical shutter switches on amateur cameras made it possible to capture the most unexpected actions.