Tuesday, June 15, 2010
The Photograph of the Future
F.F Dunshee & A. E. Hill, 22 Winter St., Boston
Two prints of the same Photo-Multigraph came together again.
Handwriting on the back: WW Wilder, Suffolk
Collection Heinz-Werner Lawo
And here an amazing article from 1894:
The Photograph of the Future.
“A photograph that flatters will soon be a thing of the past,” said a photographer the other day. “It will be impossible to make our faces appear to the most advantage by a clever pose, for the latest innovation in photography, the multiphotograph, which is destined to become the photographic portrait of the future, will reveal all our defects and crudities. The great study which young women give their faces, to find out in which position – side, three-quarter or full face – they look the best, will all be put to naught, for the multiphotograph will take them in all these positions and others as well.
“The process makes it possible to obtain a perfect likeness of a person, as one is able to see the face and head in all possible positions and can thus get all the characteristics. This new effect is obtained by mirrors being placed at certain angles, When a person stands in front of the glasses, his likeness is reflected from 6 to 12 times, according to the arrangement of the mirrors, each image being in a different position, so that the same effect is obtained that would be secured if you were to walk around a person, viewing him from all sides and points.
“The operator photographs the subject and the reflections in the mirrors. The result is the multiphotograph. I think it is destined to become the photograph of the future, as it is the only thing that will give you a likeness of a person as seen from all sides. Art in this case must succumb to nature, and the instruction that is too frequently given the photographer, ‘Make me as pretty as you can,’ will have to be done away with.” – Pittsburg Dispatch.
In: Grand Forks Daily Herald, June 16, 1894, Issue 194, Page 4.