Monday, 30 July 2012

Maman Invisible — The Peculiar 19th-Century Photography Trick

Maman Invisible, or Hidden-Mother, was an odd 19th-century practice where the mother, usually disguised under or behind a spread or a blanket, holds her child tightly for the photographer to insure a sharply focused image. Camera shutters were relatively slow, so to help the kids stay still during the long exposure — about 30 seconds — the photographer would use this simple and somewhat anecdotally creepy trick. Notice that none of children is smiling like most photographs from the same Victorian era.



Freak Shows of the Past — One

Freak Shows of the Past — Two

Mamahood in the Animal World
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