Woman in Floral Bonnet and Zig-Zag Dress

Quarter-plate daguerreotype (3.25 x 4.25 inches) circa 1853

From The David Feigenbaum Collection of Southworth & Hawes. Illustrated in The Daguerreian Annual 1998 (The Daguerreian Society: 1999) page 229. Private Collection.

 

"Expression is everything in a daguerreotype. All else,--the hair --jewelry --lace-work --drapery or dress, and attitude, are only aids to expression. It must at least be comfortable, and ought to be amiable. It ought also to be sensible, spirited and dignified, and usually with care and patience may be so."

--Albert S. Southworth, "Suggestions to Ladies Who Sit for Daguerreotypes," Lady's Almanac, 1854

 

"Remember that expression is everything in a photograph. All else-- the hair, jewelry, lace-work, drapery of dress, and attitude--are only aids to expression. It must at least be comfortable, and ought to be amiable. It ought also to be sensible, spirited and dignified, and usually with care and patience may be so."

--Albert S. Southworth, "The Uses of the Camera," The Philadelphia Photographer, September 1873

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