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The Photography of Victorian Scotland$
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Roddy Simpson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780748654611

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748654611.001.0001

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Photography in Demand: The Work of the Increasing Number of Professional Photographers to Meet Public Demand

Photography in Demand: The Work of the Increasing Number of Professional Photographers to Meet Public Demand

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(p.68) Chapter 4 Photography in Demand: The Work of the Increasing Number of Professional Photographers to Meet Public Demand
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The Photography of Victorian Scotland
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Roddy Simpson

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748654611.003.0005

Photography quickly became an important and pervasive part of Victorian society reflecting tastes and interests. In an atmosphere of consumerism there was huge demand to own photographs and commercial photographers responded to this, resulting in an almost industrial level of production. This chapter is about photography as a product, where the purpose was to produce images which would sell and cater to popular demand. This photography was only innovative in improving the efficiency of the means of production, introducing different product lines and responding to changes in taste. Quality and originality in the image produced was not the over-riding consideration. However, among the mass of commercial photographers, there were some very competent practitioners and a few whose work transcended commercial considerations.

Keywords:   Victorian society, Scottish society, commercial photographers, images

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