II-185199.0 | Amateur photograph, copied for Mrs. Fortin in 1911

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Amateur photograph, copied for Mrs. Fortin in 1911
Anonyme - Anonymous
1911, 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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Children are one of the favourite subjects of amateur photographers. This is hardly surprising, given that amateur photography is essentially a family pastime. The pictures may not have any artistic merit, but this matters little, as they are not meant for public display. The photographs have an undeniable emotional component, however, because of the special bond between photographer and subject. This picture illustrates the intimacy and reciprocity inherent in family photography. The child pointing a finger at the photographer offers a perfect demonstration of this wonderful complicity.

  • What

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  • Where

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  • When

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  • Who

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