Photographic Amusements, 1905


Walter E. Woodbury’s Photographic Amusements (1905) is a guide for photographers to the many kinds of photographic manipulation. None of the effects would raise an eyebrow today but I was surprised to see what must be one of the earliest examples of a multi-person composite (see below), with the faces of twelve physicians combined to form a single portrait. Elsewhere some examples of “freak pictures” by a French photographer, M.R. Riccart, are presented as engravings which for me makes them more interesting. Browse Woodbury’s book here or download it here.




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