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Mathew Brady: His Life And Photographs Hardcover – 25 Aug 1994
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"...the sitter's head and the rod behind the sitter's body, they could not be seen in the photograph... When all was in readiness and the camera focused, the plate was inserted in the back of the camera. 'Don't move a muscle!' the sitter was told. 'Don't even breathe!'
The operator then removed the cap from the camera's lens. The subject strained to remain as still as a statue. No one even spoke. After the required exposure time, the lens cap was replaced and everyone breathed a sigh of relief.
The plate was removed from the camera, then developed and mounted. At some studios the process was completed in fifteen minutes to half an hour..." [Page 18].
(Do take a look pages 16-20 which is like what occured in our living room.)
So this book about Mathew Brady was helpful far beyond its original intention. A very interesting book, about a very intriguing photographer!