Silhouette - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Silhouette

Image of Silhouette

Full length study of a man, cut from black card. 10" x 7 ". Framed.

Silhouette

Image of Silhouette

Portrait of a young person, painted on paper, gold detailing. 3 " x 2 ". Framed.

Silhouettes could be cut from black paper and stuck to a background; painted on the inside of a glass plate or painted on paper or other material such as ivory or plaster. Gold or white details were sometimes added and military personnel were often depicted in coloured uniforms. Subjects were mostly portraits or full-length studies, groups were less common. Some silhouettes were finely executed by skilled artists others quickly produced at fairgrounds and the like. They are precursors to photography in satisfying the desire for cheap portraits, later to be fulfilled by the carte de visite. They also anticipated tintype (and similar) images in being produced at fairgrounds and resorts.

Images

Silhouette

Daguerreotype

Ambrotype

Tintype

Calotype & Salt Prints

Cartes de Visite

Cabinet & Studio Mounts

Carte de Visite Album

Stereo Cards and Diapositives

Prints

'Hold to Light' Photographs

Panoramas

Colour Processes

Albums

Illustrated Books

Novelty Photographs

Photomechanical

Lantern Slides

Film Strips

Wet-plate Negatives

Dry-plate Negatives