Photos for The People

When we talk about making photos available for the people, for everyone, you have to really consider Carte de visite.

This was a type of small photograph which was patented in Paris, France by photographer André Adolphe Eugène Disdéri in 1854, although first used by Louis Dodero. It was usually made of an albumen print, which was a thin paper photograph mounted on a thicker paper card. The size of a carte de visite is 54.0 mm (2.125 in) × 89 mm (3.5 in) mounted on a card sized 64 mm (2.5 in) × 100 mm (4 in).

These are the precursors to the idea of a “baseball” collectors card.

Each photograph was the size of a visiting card, and such photograph cards were traded among friends and visitors. Albums for the collection and display of cards became a common fixture in Victorian parlors. The immense popularity of these card photographs led to the publication and collection of photographs of prominent persons.

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Queen Victoria

Screen Shot 2015-06-10 at 5.56.53 PMYou SHOULD know this guy. It was said that these images of him won him the election.

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Screen Shot 2015-06-10 at 5.56.32 PMAnd famous actresses on set

Screen Shot 2015-06-10 at 5.58.02 PMAnd replication of classic art works (La Grande Odalisque)

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