It was a new way of earning a living, becoming a photographer in the early twentieth century. There was a new demand for images of themselves and their families that had grown among the middle classes; babies were to be celebrated, activities broadcast, occasions recorded, and all this to be shared with one’s fellows by a process that had become cheap and easy, with the mass production of cameras and film.

In the heyday of postcards, the work of supplying images led to a worldwide spread of the job of photographer. This collection of pictures shows how well they advertised their presence and availability. And we are hard put to remember that each of these shots required another camera to take the one we look at – someone behind the one who is capturing the view.

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