II-23640.1 | Miss Allan and Mrs. Stephenson curling, copied 1876

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Miss Allan and Mrs. Stephenson curling, copied 1876
William Notman (1826-1891)
1876, 19th century
Silver salts on paper mounted on paper - Albumen process, composite photograph
17 x 12 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Art (2774) , composite (312) , Photograph (77678)
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In the days of long exposure times owing to slow emulsion speeds, there were always several people in each photograph of a large group who moved during the exposure or had an unpleasant expression or were partially hidden behind the person in front. The intention of photographers engaging in composite photographs was to alleviate these problems and at the same time offer the customers photographs more true to life.

In the controlled conditions of the studio, where each person, like Miss Allan or Mrs. Stephenson, was photographed individually with a posing stand at the head to prevent movement, a clear portrait with a pleasing expression and a good pose was guaranteed.