MP-0000.27.157 | Bathers with camera, Como, QC, 1901

Bathers with camera, Como, QC, 1901
Wallis & Shepherd
1901, 20th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
8 x 6 cm
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Figure (1339) , Figure (1339) , Photograph (77678)
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Keys to History

The revolution in photography sparked by the introduction of portable cameras did not pass Canada by. As elsewhere in the world, a multitude of new shutterbugs bought Kodak cameras and recorded a wild variety of scenes. People took their cameras to the beach to shoot pictures of their friends, who were also photography buffs. The photo fad was so widespread that cameras, too, are often featured in pictures from the time.

  • What

    People taking pictures are often seen in snapshots from the period. Here, a woman in a bathing costume appears to be taking a picture of the photographer at work, giving him a taste of his own medicine.

  • Where

    Taking pictures on a bright sunny day by the water required a few precautions. Period cameras were fortunately equipped with a diaphragm to control the amount of light needed for good results.

  • When

    The first cameras for amateurs were initially purchased by the relatively well-off classes that had the time and money required for this pastime. When this photo was taken in 1901, the price of a camera was equivalent to a week's pay for the average Canadian worker.

  • Who

    Since the early days of amateur photography, Kodak advertisements have prominently featured women and children, either holding a camera or taking a photo.