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Coastal Cultures of the Long Nineteenth Century$
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Matthew Ingleby and Matthew P. M. Kerr

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474435734

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474435734.001.0001

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Beyond the View: Reframing the Early Commercial Seaside Photograph

Beyond the View: Reframing the Early Commercial Seaside Photograph

(p.225) Chapter 12 Beyond the View: Reframing the Early Commercial Seaside Photograph
Coastal Cultures of the Long Nineteenth Century

Karen Shepherdson

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter provides insight into an overlooked form of demotic photography, revealing rich seams of imagery and offering fresh perspectives on Victorian coastal representations. Shepherdson examines commercial seaside photographic practice from 1860 to 1920, offering a visual exposition of the British seaside through the refracted lens of the itinerant beach photographer. Despite their humble means of production, the photographs discussed are frequently evocative, drawing the viewer into a nostalgic past shaped by visual half-truths. Photographic half-truths too readily can become amplified from a view to the view and to the experience. This chapter examines the conventions, expectations and mythologisation of what seaside portrait photography of this period should present, and how these inevitably provide a highly mediated view of the actual Victorian seaside experience.

Keywords:   Seaside holiday, Commercial photography, Victorian photography, Victorian popular culture

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