Fascinating Stories Behind 19 Stunning Portraits Taken by Julia Margaret Cameron in the Late 19th Century

Julia Margaret Cameron (née Pattle; 11 June 1815 – 26 January 1879) was a British photographer who is considered one of the most important portraitists of the 19th century. She is known for her soft-focus close-ups of famous Victorian men and for illustrative images depicting characters from mythology, Christianity, and literature. She also produced sensitiveContinue reading “Fascinating Stories Behind 19 Stunning Portraits Taken by Julia Margaret Cameron in the Late 19th Century”

51 Amazing Photos of Ballet Dancers of the Paris Opéra in the Early 1860s

Most of the portraits in this set from The Library of Nineteenth-Century Photography that show ballet dancers of the Paris Opéra in the early 1860s. They were taken by French photographer, and inventor of the carte-de-visite André Adolphe Eugène Disdéri (1819-1889).

14 Amazing Images Showing the American Wild West

The American frontier, also known as the Old West or the Wild West, includes the geography, history, folklore, and culture in the forward wave of American expansion in mainland North America that began with European colonial settlements in the early 17th century and ended with the admission of the last few western territories as statesContinue reading “14 Amazing Images Showing the American Wild West”

16 Beautiful Shanghai Studio Portraits From the 1920s

Sioma Lifshitz arrived in Shanghai on a freighter from Vladivostock in 1922. The 20 years old energetic Russian Jew had no money but lot’s of dreams and soon started to work in a photography studio under the name of Sam Sanzetti. It took him 5 years to open in own studio in 1927, becoming oneContinue reading “16 Beautiful Shanghai Studio Portraits From the 1920s”

49 Vintage Photos Showing the Life of an American Teenage Girl in the 1960s

Here is a photo set that captures everyday life of an American teenage girl from Crittenden, Kentucky in the 1960s. The photos follow the subject through some of her high school years of the Business School in Crittenden, Kentucky, and a bit after. There is a 1969 calendar in one photo. There is a highschoolContinue reading “49 Vintage Photos Showing the Life of an American Teenage Girl in the 1960s”

20 Amazing Mugshots of American Women in the 1960s

The police mugshot photograph was developed as early as the mid-nineteenth century, and it has since developed as an iconic photographic type in its own right. Formulaic and recognized the world over, it was developed when the Victorian fascination of labelling and categorizing of people was at its height. Remarkably, the mugshot photograph has changedContinue reading “20 Amazing Mugshots of American Women in the 1960s”

39 Fantastic Andy Warhol Celebrity Polaroids From the 1970s and 1980s

It may seem like a recent phenomenon, but Andy Warhol was an anomalous life logger in the 1960s, endlessly snapping Polaroids of the celebrities buzzing around him. “My idea of a good picture is one that’s in focus and of a famous person,” king of Pop Art Andy Warhol once said. Carrying a Polaroid cameraContinue reading “39 Fantastic Andy Warhol Celebrity Polaroids From the 1970s and 1980s”

46 Amazing Portrait Photos of English People From the 1850s

The ambrotype, also known as a collodion positive in the UK, is a positive photograph on glass made by a variant of the wet plate collodion process. Like a print on paper, it is viewed by reflected light. Like the daguerreotype, which it replaced, and like the prints produced by a Polaroid camera, each isContinue reading “46 Amazing Portrait Photos of English People From the 1850s”