Victorians in Camera

The World of 19th Century Studio Photography

Robert Pols

Date Published :
October 2015
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
60-70 integrated illustrations
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ISBN : 9781473823341
Pages : 224
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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'The making of a lifelike picture was something to be wondered at.
It was an adventure, it was an expense, and it was often something of an ordeal...'

Victorians in Camera explores the world of nineteenth century photography from the subjects' point of view. What did people want from their portraits? Where did they go to have them made and did the Victorians really never smile? What did they do with the finished product, whether a formal daguerreotype or cheery snapshot?

From a wealth of contemporary evidence – in both words and pictures – Robert Pols reveals the story behind Victorian photography – from trickery to photographic fashions. Discover the social history behind nineteenth century photographs and how to trace hidden stories within your own family album.

About The Author

Robert Pols is an expert in old photographs. He has published a number of books on photographic history and research guides on the topic. For many years Family History Monthly magazine's resident 'Photo Detective', Robert runs the website Early Photographic Studios ( and has contributed to a range of radio programmes covering aspects of family history.

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