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Africa

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Introduction

It is almost impossible to talk about a unified history of photography in Africa, as there have been so many cultural responses to the medium, and so many national ...

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album

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A bound and mounted collection of drawings, prints, or photographs. The word is sometimes included in the nomenclature for an otherwise unidentified artist who is associated with a...

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ambrotype

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An early photographic process, which involved bleaching a glass negative and laying it on a black background, the ambrotype was a cheaper and easier alternative to the daguerrotype. It...

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André Adolphe Eugène Disdéri

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(1819–89), French photographer.

He led a varied life in commerce, acting, and politics before patenting his trademark carte de visite‐style photographs in 1854. Although he studied...

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Austria

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The country's principal contributions to the history of photography were made in the 19th and early 20th centuries, after which, for a long time, it became something of a backwater. ...

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cabinet print

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Format introduced in 1866 as the craze for the carte de visite was slackening; although it was not until the 1890s that cabinet prints outnumbered cartes. The size of the ...

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camera

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1. Any equipment used to photographically record images. The name for a number of devices that use lenses and apertures to photograph either a single still image or a series of...

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Camille Silvy

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(1835–1910). Silvy emerged as a major photographer of the Second Empire in France before repeating his success and enhancing his fame in high Victorian London. He excelled as an individual...

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celebrity photography

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The idea of using photography to disseminate images of famous men and women is as old as the medium itself. From the rise of the daguerreotype in the 1840s, astute ...

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dating old photographs

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Recognition of process or format gives the first indication of a photograph's date. Sometimes the possible time‐span is very broad: cartes de visite, for example, were produced for over 40...

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