1880s Antique Family Portrait

1880s Antique Family Portrait by Herbruger hijo from Fotografía Central

Let’s revive the Antique Photographs category with this family portrait. As you can see as you browse the other antique photographs, there was an aesthetic, basically dictated by the limitations of the medium at the time. For example, noticed the pillar and/or chair on most antique photos, a requirement for the long exposures.

This photograph was taken at the studio Fotografía Central by Emilio Herbruger Hijo or Junior, in the 1880s.

I have a few dozens antique photos, how about if I share one with you every Thursday?

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  • Jeannine

    ….I guess the typical beautfiul Guatemalan smile wasn’t en vogue back then ;o) !!

    • jira robles

      Taking a photograph took so long back then, holding a smile was too hard to do. Notice the chair and pillar to lean on, and the mother’s grip on the child!

      • You’re so right Jira, it was because of the long exposures that people didn’t keep the smile. In fact, I am sure it was the photographer who requested to not smile.

    • I believe the exposures took so long that it was difficult to keep a smile.