In the Eye of the Camera, 1840-1867

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Miss E. Bell and sister with skates, Montreal, QC, 1869-70
William Notman (1826-1891)
1869-1870, 19th century
Silver salts on paper mounted on paper - Albumen process
8 x 5 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
I-43974.1
© McCord Museum
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Here you can see the "taking" room with its big windows. The more light in the room, the shorter the exposure, so Notman had three taking rooms with big skylights. The painted backdrop is visible behind the sisters and resembles the actual window, so that the shadows, both real and painted, look natural.