Sitting for your picture in a Daguerreotype photographer’s studio in the middle of the 19th century was a form of torture for both sitter and photographer. An agonizing experience, it required the subject to sit for several minutes, immobile while clamped into neck braces and head supports. For the portrait photographer, it was a struggle too. There was no question of taking a dozen shots and picking the best one. It was about getting the shot the first time, well before the sitter began to pass out and keel over. Daguerreotypes were not negatives from which prints could be made; even...
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