Uncommon before the 1870s, photographs showing men, women or children wearing specific outfits for different social occasions, became popular when photography developed outside the studio. The first wedding photographs were taken of bridal couples or individuals posing in the photographer's studio, in wedding clothes, some time after the ceremony. Not until after 1900 were photographs regularly taken in the setting of the bride's home or garden, or outside the church.
Family holiday photographs emerged with the popularity of the 'seaside' holiday for the middle and working classes. As seaside resorts developed, they became favourite venues for jobbing photographers, and fierce competion led to low prices which allowed everyone to afford this luxury. School photographs emerged during the 1880s. Each school had a number of classes which changed each year, justifying regular visits from the photographer. Photographs were usually taken in the yard or the main hall, with the head and class teachers alongside the pupils, dressed as smartly as possible.
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"Victorian photograph" [i177], Hallier, H
"Victorian photograph" [i178], Caldest, L - P D Colnaghi, Scott & Co
"Victorian photograph" [i179], Newcombe, C T
"Victorian photograph" [i180]
"Victorian photograph" [i181]
"Victorian photograph" [i182]
"Victorian photograph" [i183]