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Title

Untitled

1869

Artist

John Yates

Australia

  • Details

    Date
    1869
    Media category
    Photograph
    Materials used
    carte de visite
    Dimensions
    9.2 x 6.1 cm image; 10.2 x 6.4 cm mount card
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Purchased 2014
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    554.2014
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    John Yates

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    John Yates was a professional photographer based in Sydney who advertised inexpensive cartes de visite and cabinet cards.

    A carte de visite is a stiff card of about 10 x 6.4 cm, with an attached paper photograph, invented in 1854 by André-Adolphe-Eugène Disderi. They were introduced into Australia in 1859 by William Blackwood with albums arriving in 1860, aiding the collection and distribution of multiple cartes. Cartes were usually portraits and were made by the millions worldwide. Multi-lens, or ‘multiplying’ cameras were introduced in the 1860s, which were capable of producing from 2 to 32 images in quick succession, dramatically increasing the number of cartes de visite that could be made from a single photographic plate. They were easily reproduced by making paper contact prints from the glass plates, which were then cut and pasted to card.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

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