1872 Darwin Emotions Indignant Heliotype

1872 Darwin Emotions Indignant Heliotype

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Credit: PAUL D STEWART/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Heliotype illustration of expressions from 'The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals' by Charles Darwin, 1872. This was one of the first books to be illustrated with photographs – with seven heliotype plates. The publisher John Murray warned that photographs "would poke a terrible hole in the profits" and so the heliotype was chosen as a photomechanical process that could reproduce photographs direct on the page (without mounting actual photographs). He used the photographs of others and here Oscar Rejlander (1813-1875) has taken photographs of himself (2, 3, 4) in exagerrated emotional poses (indignant, resigned, etc).

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