Mothers once hid in plain sight

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Hidden Mother

The Victorian images of a shrouded adult behind a baby may look creepy to us, but evidently they were the norm when it took nearly 30 seconds to take a picture of a squirmy tot.

“In America, it was common practice for the mother … to hold the child steady during the long exposure, since any wriggling would blur the image,”  says Linda Fregni Nagler, an Italian-Swedish photographer who has collected a thousand of these photographs in The Hidden Mother. “Yet at the same time, the mother was expected to hide any sign that she was actually in the frame,” she tells the Telegraph. Continue reading

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