White Tie Orchestra
10 February 2010
Posted by Mike Brubaker
Since there is so little to say about this photo, I'll comment on general photography history. The technology of photography has evolved over the many years since the first daguerreotype. During this early period when cameras and equipment were expensive and complicated, not to mention the hazardous chenicals, photographs were almost always taken by professionals. Even when methods of making cheaper prints came about, it still required professional processing.
But with the advent of roll film and cheap hand-held box cameras at the end of the 19th century, the art of the photograph changed. Every amateur could now preserve time for posterity. While that has its virtues too, what also changed was the concept of the pose. You can see the same change today with video cameras, as every modern gadget seems to include a digital camera, but the modern taste of going for the candid shot has diminished the finer art of group portraiture.