Yesterday I went to the National Portrait Gallery to see some photographs which based in the Victorian times. It’s called Victorian Giants The Birth of Art Photography. There were some extraordinary portrait photographs, some of them were emotional, daydreaming, sadness and thoughtful. There was also a video explaining how to develop a plate into a photograph which it was quite interesting – quite different to 60s, 70s and 80s when they were developing films back then.
Here are a few photographs that I have seen at the National Portrait Gallery:
Alice Liddell Negative Plate Unidentified Young Woman Sadness (Ellen Terry)
Lewis Caroll, 1856 Oscar Rejlander, c. 1863-6 Julia Margaret Cameron, 1864
Here is an example how to develop a plate back then in Victoria times. There are a few videos below which they have been showing elsewhere – I wouldn’t be able to find the original video where it has been shown at the National Portrait Gallery.
Here are several similar videos that have shown us at the NPG: