Ever since the invention of photography, we’ve been deeply fascinated by cameras and the images they produce. Historically, we’ve used them to capture portraits for sharing with families and followers alike, as well as to document political upheavals and our visits around the world; more recently, we’ve come to use tiny cameras in our phones for selfies, cats, and coffee porn. As cameras have become increasingly ubiquitous (at least in the West), many of us have forgotten what a recent invention they are. Looking through these advertisements from 1848 onwards, we can see how different the technology was back then, a familiar impulse to document, and what the camera meant to society when it was still new.
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