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Gallery - The Face of Amateur Photography

Amateur portraits could take many forms. Some were casual, or shot in a snapshot style. Others, like James Ballantyne's striking 1892 image, were highly composed, and attempted to mimic the conventions of professional studio portraits. Interestingly, the only detail that identifies Ballantyne's image as the work of an amateur is the fact that we can see the world beyond his makeshift studio, which would have been eliminated in a professional product.

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