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Title

Untitled

1866-1880


Artist

John Yates

Australia


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.


Details


Date

1866-1880


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

carte de visite


Dimensions

6.0 x 4.5 cm oval image; 9.6 x 5.5 cm sheet; 10.2 x 6.3 cm mount card


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 2014


Location

Not on display


Accession number

560.2014


Artist information

John Yates

Works in the collection

11


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history