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The Photography Revolution
It was the carte-de-visite photograph that would become an obsession among notables, royals and celebrities, in the mid nineteenth century. The Carte-de-visite caught on feverishly in America following it's introduction in Paris. Napoleon III ordered pictures from photographer Diseri, featuring the french war icon's image. The photographs where used as his calling cards. Queen Victoria ordered photographic calling cards, soon after. Monarchs all across Europe, inspired the photographic craze. Private citizens began to rapidly follow the trend. In America, 1860, the Cooper Union photograph of presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln was printed on countless photographic cards. Later President Lincoln stated that it was the Cooper Union Speech that won him the election, and made him president. Every celebrity and notable wanted their photographic portrait taken. Queen Victoria released the first family photographic album, and the family portrait photograph became a popular trend. Now everyone on both sides of the Atlantic wanted to document themselves via photography. Entrepreneurial photographers began shooting, printing and selling millions of photograph cards. The subjects were famous and infamous, families, commoners, cities & landscapes. The vast photography market and demand would reign for many years to come. Well into the twenty first century, photography continues to be a useful medium for the world to share their lives and express themselves. As an artist, photography is a brilliant medium for expression and to stimulate thought. Much different from the documentary photographer, the artist can use photography to create images from the imagination. Costumes, props, sets, actors and models, are carefully placed into a scene. The result is a manufactured creation designed to entertain, amuse, and provoke.
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