Headless photographs of the 19th century

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6 Responses to “Headless photographs of the 19th century”

  1. Thorzdad says:

    Photographic tricks like these were one of the ways early photographers would show-off their expertise in the still-new medium. There’s a lot of in-camera and darkroom trickery involved in these early images. It took a real craftsperson to pull it off convincingly (to Victorian eyes).

  2. seyo says:

    There’s a great show at the Met (in NYC) about photo manipulation before the era of digital photography and Photoshop. Definitely worth checking out.

  3. katkins says:

    David, still thinking sadly of your family’s loss (and ours, here in Indiana)…  but hopefully you will admit that your captioning of the last photo is…  funny.  :)

  4. Boundegar says:

    Fake!  Fake!  I call photoshop!!!

  5. GregS says:

    Wait, those photos are fakes? And all this time I’ve been thinking that people in the 19th century had removable heads.

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