Before we had Photography


Before we had photography – pencil illustrations by Paul Cadden

Toronto. PHSC member and friend George Dunbar came across these remarkable photo-like B&W pencil illustrations by Paul Cadden of Scotland.

Before 1839, only paintings or sketches by very talented artists could record your appearance for posterity – and that took considerable money too! When Daguerre and Fox-Talbot announced their processes that January, it started the world on the way to cheaper accurate renditions of ordinary people culminating in today’s incredible smart phone digital cameras which automatically adjust focus and light balance leaving little to chance.

Paul Cadden does pencil illustrations so detailed and realistic that they appear at first to be photographs. The site Bright Side was the source of these remarkable images.

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