Portrait Photography is nearly as old as photography itself. The first portrait photo recorded was actually a ‘selfie’. It was made in 1839 by the photographer Robert Cornelius.
Soon after, photography got easier, more popular and cheap enough that families were able to get portraits taken by a portrait photographer.
- In your Digital Portfolio, display a collection of Victorian Era studio portraits.
- Do some research to answer the question “Why is nobody smiling in Victorian Era photos?”
- What did parents have to do to get their child’s portrait taken during this time? Show some examples
- Find some examples of ‘Headless Portraits” from the Victorian Era. How do you think these were done?