In the Eye of the Camera, 1840-1867

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Mrs. Keith, Montreal, QC, 1861
William Notman (1826-1891)
1861, 19th century
Silver salts on glass - Wet collodion process
12 x 10 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
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Keys to History

Why isn't Mrs. Keith smiling? Good question. She is not smiling because she had to hold her pose for a long time while the light had an effect on the photographic emulsion. A variety of techniques, such as composites and painted photographs, were used to compensate for long exposure times. In the history of photography, most advances have involved reductions in exposure times.